Parents may have to answer questions; experts say kids struggle to understand death

03.03.2012

REDDING, Calif. – Psychologists say there isn't a simple formula for talking to young children about death and tragedies, something that may be on the minds of Shasta County's parents in the wake of a brutal February filled with a series of local killings, fatal fires and car crashes.

Instead, they say parents should consider their child's age, maturity level and past experiences with grieving and loss before saying too much.

"My biggest advice is if you say too much beyond what they're ready to hear, it's going to be worse," said Michelle Engblom-Deglmann, director of clinical training and an assistant professor at Simpson University.

 

Article by Ryan Sabalow, Record Searchlight

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