Explaining death to a child is one of the most difficult tasks a parent or other relative can face. This book offers practical, compassionate advice for helping a child cope with the death of a parent or other loved one. Parents of children from preschool age to the teen years will find much-needed guidance, covering: helping a child visit the seriously ill or dying; using language appropriate to a child's age level; selecting useful books about death; handling especially difficult situations, including murder and suicide; deciding whether a child should attend a funeral. With a new chapter devoted to the special issues of the bereaved toddle, this book provides invaluable suggestions for dealing with a child's emotional responses (including anger, guilt, and depression) and helping a child adjust to a new life.
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