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Talking to Kids About the Suicide of Someone Close to Them

Children don't need details, but they do need honesty 

Nancy Rappaport, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who works in the Cambridge, Massachusetts public school system and an assistant professor at Harvard University. Dr. Rappaport is also the author of In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother's Suicide. Here she discusses the difficult but necessary task of talking about suicide with children if someone close to them has taken his or her own life.

See this related article for advice on helping children deal with grief.

Published: April 25, 2011

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