30 minutes | Nov 8, 2019

Helping Children Grieve the Loss of a Loved One from Drug Overdose

Recent data show that in the Pittsburgh region alone, 50% of residents who died from an opioid-involved overdose were parents. Losing a parent, especially unexpectedly, can be immensely difficult for any child. And, it may be even more difficult for children who lost a parent to drug overdose. Due to circumstances surrounding the death, neighbors and friends may blame the parent or feel uncomfortable talking about the parent’s death. This in turn can hurt the child who is grieving. In this episode, a bereavement counselor with over 25 years of experience talks about complicated grief in children and gives tips on recognizing signs of grief, allowing the child to grieve in their own way and acknowledging their loved one’s death. This is an excellent listen for anyone who cares about a child who is grieving.
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