Friday, September 11, 2009

It's 9/11 and the kids ask, "Is Grandpa REALLY dead?"

Sept. 11th is a difficult day for our nation no doubt. However, it can also be a trying time for families who wonder about how to discuss illness, death, and dying with children. Grandpa dies and 6 year old Betty wets the bed again,8 year old Harry gets in fights at school, 11 year old Mollie wants to know what his "bad heart" looks like, and 16 year old Eddie just wants to borrow the car and go see his buddies.

Talking with Children about Loss bu Maria Trozzi does a wonderful job explaining how children at different ages process the death of a loved one. Ms Trozzi is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and the director of the Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center. Here's the link:;

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