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Supporting Children When Someone They Love Has a Serious Illness Part 1 – What All Children Need

In honor of National Children’s Grief Awareness Day, we’ll be posting a 6 part blog series from our anticipatory grief booklet to help support children by sharing coping tips. Everyone in a family is affected when one family member has a serious illness.   All are dealing with the unknown and must use strengths they didn’t even know they had. Most of us haven’t been taught how to manage when someone we love is very ill, let alone how to support children and teens during this time.  Yet time and again, parents and caregivers find the strength within themselves and learn new coping and parenting skills along the way. Our blog series describes how a child’s age affects the way they understand and react to changes in the sick person, in you, and in themselves.  In addition, it offers suggestions about how to talk with your children and ways to