“Be Strong. Don’t Cry”

Children facing grief or loss may be told “Be Strong. Don’t Cry.” While these words may help adults feel better, they do not demonstrate to the child that grief is normal.Children experiencing grief should be given the opportunity to grieve in their own way. Although this may be difficult for adults to witness, it is an important part of the healing process for the child experiencing grief.

Dr. Michael Clatch, Psy. D
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