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Dr. Jennifer Shu and her team of pediatricians answer your health questions.

Dr. Jennifer Shu

Question & Answer

Question

We have had a death in the family. How do we help our children cope with this?

Answer

The reactions of children to death are highly personal. Some parents choose to shield their child from death, however, despite the good intentions of these actions, they don't work and are counterproductive. Communicating with children about death should be honest and direct. Children need to grieve as much as adults do. They need to be able to share their feelings and talk about how they are going to miss the person who has died. To help your child, you need to feel comfortable with your own grief reaction over the death of a loved one.