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How to Help a Child Cope With Grief

Your child may have questions, and it’s OK to give them real answers. Try to avoid making abstract statements that your child might not understand or that might scare them, Jill A. Johnson-Young, LCSW, tells SheKnows. Don’t tell them that their deceased loved one is watching them all the time. “That’s stalker-creepy, and they won’t shower,” she says. Another example: saying the family cat has “gone to sleep,” could make a kid afraid to close their eyes.


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