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Grief in the Holidays – Children and Teens

Holiday time can be painful for children and teens after the loss of a loved one. We’re sharing tthe following tips to help your family through this delicate time:For TeensAs painful as it is, begin early to plan the necessary coping strategies. Consider scheduling a family meeting in which everyone can express their feelings and expectations. Be prepared for a whole range of emotions. For teenagers this can range from anger to being mean. For others, they may try to be “strong” and protect a grieving parent. Do not use them as a crutch – they need to grieve also. Questions to ask during the meeting:• What did you like the best about past Christmases?• What do we want to keep? What do we want to change or eliminate? Make joint decisions. Teens usually need extra support.  Keep plans flexible. Working things through together can model effective life skills for