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How to help a child when a parent commits suicide

By Elaine Hodgins / October 14, 2020 /

A parent’s death is always painful for any child, but a parent’s death by suicide, especially a mother’s suicide, research has shown, will have an even more devastating and disturbing effect on the child. How successfully they will recover depends on the way the child is supported emotionally all the way through processing their feelings. …

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How to Help a Child Cope with Grief

By Elaine Hodgins / July 8, 2020 /

Dealing with grief My mum was only 52 when she died. I was 21 so I wasn’t a child and yet, she had started her road to alcoholism when I was just seven – so in reality I felt abandonment issues from that  very young age. When my mother DID pass- away, I felt relief.…

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Helping children to cope with grief

By Elaine Hodgins / September 25, 2019 /

Children may watch cartoons and TV programmes where someone dies or an animal is eaten by a big sabre tooth tiger, but for a child to experience a bereavement first hand, is a different matter entirely. It can be very confusing for the child, and of course, as a parent we are eager to make…

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