Irish Independent - Health & Living - - MIND YOURSELF -


Help your­self to help your griev­ing child, ad­vises Orla Kee­gan. Ask your­self whether you your­self are suf­fi­ciently sup­ported and in­formed to best help your child with the chal­lenge of be­reave­ment.

Talk to your GP, or if your loved one died in a hospice, ask the peo­ple on the team who cared for that per­son, or con­sult the ICBN web­site (child­hood­be­reave­ment. ie), which has com­pre­hen­sive in­for­ma­tion on how to ex­plain the dif­fer­ent as­pects of death and be­reave­ment to chil­dren. On a prac­ti­cal note, she says, it may also be use­ful to in­form your­self about avail­able so­cial wel­fare en­ti­tle­ments for fam­i­lies in the wake of be­reave­ment.

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