How to help you and how to help you help the little ones cope and understand death.

Note: For folks ages 21–45 who have experienced loss, our members have recommended The Dinner Party, which provides virtual community gatherings aiming to combat the isolation that comes with being among the first in your peer group to lose a parent, sibling, partner, child, or close friend.

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How To Talk To Kids About Death: Overview

This is an overview from the 2018 talk, "How To Talk with Kids About Death" Park Slope Parents and Green-wood Cemetery co-sponsored. 

Presenters:

Amy Cunningham, The Inspired Funeral

Liana Smith-Murphy, Play, Child and Adolescent Therapist at BrooklynPlayTherapy.com

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Support for the Loss of a Partner

PSP members have shared resources and words of solidarity for those going through the death of a life partner.

 

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Meaningful Memorial Gifts

Ideas for memorial gifts that are more than flowers or a donation.

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Should children go to a funeral?

Should children go to a funeral of a loved one?

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Talking to your kids about shootings

This article was written in response to the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting and has been continuously updated since then.

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Euthanizing a pet

Experiences of putting a beloved pet to sleep.

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Should kids view an open casket?

Should you let kids view an open casket?

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Reaching "The End"

What do you do when your kids figure out that life ends?

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How to help a child afraid of death

Advice from parents about how to talk to children about dying

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Helping Children Deal with the Death of a Loved One

Resources and advice from PSP members on helping children cope with the death of a loved one.

For more, reference our page on Explaining Death to Children and PSP member recommendations for Grief Counselors.

 

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Death of a Pet

Advice about helping a child deal with the death of a pet. This article contains several different scenarios of what members experienced.

 

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Resources for Coping with Tragedy

“The very worst part of grief is that you can't control it. The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes. And let it go when we can.” —Grey’s Anatomy.

Below are resources to help children and families cope with traumatic events in the family, community, and world.

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Support for the Loss of a Newborn (Perinatal Loss)

Our PSP members have shared resources to help you manage the pain of losing a newborn. 

 

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