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:11. Little rituals in families can change when one of a family dies. Children may find this difficult.
 
:11. Little rituals in families can change when one of a family dies. Children may find this difficult.
 
:12. It can be important to remember “special days”, such as the birthday of the dead person, or mother’s day or father’s day. Other adults may encourage the child to remember the person, for example, plant a new flower in the garden, put flowers on the grave, or so on.
 
:12. It can be important to remember “special days”, such as the birthday of the dead person, or mother’s day or father’s day. Other adults may encourage the child to remember the person, for example, plant a new flower in the garden, put flowers on the grave, or so on.
:13. As the child grows, they may need to look at the death of the person again.
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13. As the child grows, they may need to look at the death of the person again.
   
 
How we experience death as a six year old will be very different to a 15 year old. A 15 year old girl may suddenly strongly feel the loss of her mother, for example, when she is developing and starting relationships. She may wish her mother was there for support and advice. This is not unresolved grief, it is a simply a reassessment of something that has occurred and that the child may need to come to terms with as they grow and develop.
 
How we experience death as a six year old will be very different to a 15 year old. A 15 year old girl may suddenly strongly feel the loss of her mother, for example, when she is developing and starting relationships. She may wish her mother was there for support and advice. This is not unresolved grief, it is a simply a reassessment of something that has occurred and that the child may need to come to terms with as they grow and develop.
 
Therefore, it helps for children and teenagers to –
 
Therefore, it helps for children and teenagers to –
*Be told what has happened simply and honestly.
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Be told what has happened simply and honestly.
*Be reassured they are still loved and cared for.
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Be reassured they are still loved and cared for.
*Be allowed to say well.
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Be allowed to say well.
*Participate in simple rituals.
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Participate in simple rituals.
*Understand that however they feel – it is alright to feel it.
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Understand that however they feel – it is alright to feel it.
*Express emotions
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Express emotions
*Be allowed to enjoy themselves
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Be allowed to enjoy themselves
*Be encouraged to look forward to a time when their grief will get less, but that doesn’t mean that they will forget the person.
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Be encouraged to look forward to a time when their grief will get less, but that doesn’t mean that they will forget the person.
   
 
==References==
 
==References==

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