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A guide for parents to discuss grief and loss with kids

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Maybe it starts with a goldfish or some other pet, but every parent will have to explain death to a child at some point.

We all have to die, and most of us have to have this conversation. But how? The stories about the dog going to live on a farm in another part of the state will only be believed for so long.

Elena Lister and Michael Schwartzman, health professionals, team up for a book with the answers in Giving Hope: Conversations with Children About Illness, Death, and Loss, the authors (with writing partner Lindsey Tate) demonstrate how to take up the subject of death and loss in a way a child can understand.

We visit with Lister and Schwartzman in this interview.

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