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Helping Children Cope With Death


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Many parents are unsure how to help children cope with the death of a friend or a friend’s family member, according to this article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Stacy Remke, MSW, ACHP-SW, remembers her mother would not let her attend the funeral of the mother of one of her fourth-grade classmates. “My mom was afraid it would have been too traumatic for me to attend a funeral at such a young age,” Remke said.

Remke suggested that among other things, parents should tell their children what to expect at a funeral, although this may be difficult if they do not know the family. Children should also be told it is okay to step out of a funeral if they need to, she said.

To learn more about how social workers help clients handle the deaths of loved ones visit NASW’s “Help Starts Here” Grief and Loss Website by clicking here.

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