ERIC Number: EJ827343
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
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Pregnancy and Infant Loss: Supporting Parents and Their Children
O'Leary, Joann M.
Zero to Three, v27 n6 p42-49 Jul 2007
The loss of a child during pregnancy or infancy raises challenging questions about how to communicate with very young siblings about the family's loss. What to say and how to say it varies with the developmental level of the child and the circumstances of the loss, as well as the family's culture, values, and beliefs. Children need open and honest communication and emotional support about the changed family circumstances in order to understand their parents' grief and process the family's loss over time.
Descriptors: Siblings, Pregnancy, Infants, Infant Mortality, Emotional Response, Family Environment, Family Relationship, Grief, Coping, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Interpersonal Communication, Cultural Influences, Social Support Groups
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