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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - MIND YOURSELF -

FAM­ILY IS BEST —

Fam­i­lies are the best sup­port sys­tem for chil­dren strug­gling to cope with be­reave­ment, Jones be­lieves. “Most chil­dren can deal with their be­reave­ment if they re­ceive good fam­ily sup­port,” she says, adding that you should be pre­pared to dis­cuss the dif­fi­cult emo­tions a child may be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing as a re­sult of the loss. “Of­ten a be­reaved child can be chal­lenged by emo­tions that peo­ple would not nor­mally be deal­ing with un­til they are older,” she says, adding that it can help chil­dren to have some­thing that has be­longed to the per­son who has died. En­cour­age them to cre­ate a mem­ory box, or to put these items in a spe­cial place in their bed­room, she sug­gests.

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