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Helping kids deal with loss

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Kids may experience many different kinds of loss, including a friend who moves away, the death of a treasured pet and the death of a loved one. Although death is the most permanent loss we face, there are other forms of loss that can be devastating such as, moving home and family separation. Helping kids deal emotionally with loss is something that all parents experience from time to time. While nothing really prepares kids for the loss of a loved one, helping them cope with the smaller losses such as the death of a pet, does impact on kids when more significant loss occurs. When loss is sudden and unexpected, there is much less time for kids to adjust. An anticipated death, separation, or move is easier for kids as they have had time to think, mourn and anticipate how they will react. These gradual changes make loss easier to deal with. When loss is sudden there is more confusi...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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