What parents can say when death or tragedy hits home, according to experts

Whether death and tragedy are witnessed on TV or experienced firsthand in the death of a loved one. these harsh experiences are likely to raise many questions and emotions in kids. Here's how parents should discuss tragedy and loss with children so that kids can learn to process these experiences in a healthy way. "Children typically don’t begin to [understand] the concept of death until around the ages of 4 to 6," according to psychotherapist Andrea Dorn. Child psychologist Searcy-Pate suggests that if small children ask questions about death, parents should share information in small doses. Parents and caregivers "can determine what the child can handle by providing information in small bits at a time

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