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Nurturing the Parent-Child Connection

Death is something that children don’t understand. I’m not sure that the adult mind can understand it, either. The loss of a human being is irrevocable, and our minds don’t see it as logical or acceptable.

When children encounter the death of a classmate, a friend or family member, it can really shake a child’s world.

Suddenly, life doesn’t feel as safe. Suddenly, the adults around the child are struggling with simple daily tasks. Suddenly, it’s difficult to play, or difficult to find someone to play with. There’s no way around the big punch a death makes in a child’s sense of safety.

But there are many ways to support children through this experience, so that it hijacks the smallest possible amount of their confidence, and so that they can recover fully, with a better understanding of the world and of the power of their parents to care, to build community, and to make a good life, even under adverse circumstances.

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