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7 Books to Help Kids Talk About Death, Illness and Grief

Wondering how to explain death to your child? Heavy conversations get a lift with these reading suggestions

Coping with the death of a loved one is an incredibly challenging and painful experience for people of all ages and, as parents, it’s one of the most difficult topics to address with kids. 

Books can help. Use these recommendations to start important conversations about death — from the loss of a pet to a parent. These books don’t shy away from the painful reality of losing someone. They also show how we can get through the pain and how our memories of someone can never be taken away.

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