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Helping Kids Through Grief

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Wolraich says while cultural traditions and family wishes should be respected, it is generally recommended that children under 5 or 6 not attend wakes or funerals. However, children of all ages should be encouraged to commemorate the loss in some manner, such as drawing pictures or planting a tree in the individual's memory.

To aid the grieving process, child psychology experts recommend the following books:

  • The Dead Bird, by Margaret Wise-Brown (for ages 3 to 5);
  • When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death, by Laurene Krasny Brown and Marc Brown (for ages 4 to 8);
  • The Magic Moth, by Virginia Lee (for ages 10 to 12);
  • Beat the Turtle Drum, by Constance C. Greene (for ages 10 to 14).

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