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The death of someone a child loves is always painful, but grieving is a normal process. However, the grief journey can be more difficult if a sibling dies.
The death of a sibling is a very painful experience for any young person as:
Observing a child’s grief is not easy and adults often try to protect the child by not giving them the full facts. Children will also try to protect the adult by hiding their feelings and appearing to be over their grief long before they are. Adults can help children with their grief by:
Being honest with them;
Answering their questions;
Involving them in the rituals;
Keeping the memory of the dead person ‘alive’ for them;
Not hiding their feelings - children need to know that feeling sad is normal when someone has died;
Finding ways to help them to express their feelings;
Acknowledging their anxieties;
Keeping open lines of communication between home and school.
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