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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - MIND YOURSELF -

BE­REAVE­MENT IS NOR­MAL: DON’T HIDE IT OR PLAY IT DOWN —

“Chil­dren will be be­reaved at some stage — more than a quar­ter of chil­dren will have lost a grand­par­ent by age nine,” says Orla Kee­gan. So if there is a be­reave­ment, don’t pre­tend noth­ing is wrong, she ad­vises.

“Be­reave­ment is nor­mal. Don’t hide it from a child. Don’t pre­tend that noth­ing has hap­pened. Some­times peo­ple de­cide not to give de­tails of what has hap­pened. Be­reave­ment is hard, but it is a fact of life. Don’t be over­pro­tec­tive in terms of shield­ing chil­dren from nec­es­sary grief.”

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