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Momspeak columnist Tracy Grant: Talking about death

From elsewhere in The Post: After losing her father and a beloved family pet recently, Tracy Grant writes about how parents can talk openly and honestly with children of all ages about death.

She suggests that parents be direct with their children and choose their words carefully:

“If there’s one thing that I’ve learned in my years as KidsPost editor, it’s to use the simplest, most direct language possible when dealing with kids. This is especially hard when dealing with death. The word “died” may seem too harsh, too final to say to a child. But the euphemisms we might be tempted to use may leave them with profound misunderstandings of what has happened.”

Read the rest of the suggestions in Grant’s column here.


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