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Talking to Children about the Connecticut School Tragedy

It is almost impossible to comprehend the loss that occurred last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. It can be even more difficult to explain that loss to your children.

Books are one of the best ways to open the door on a topic, to start a discussion with your children about tough issues. Reading a story about the death of a loved one, a family pet, or even a leaf in autumn, can help young children begin to understand that death is a part of life. There are many poignant and powerful books about grief and death for children. We've listed some of the best books here for you and your family to share.


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Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant
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Remembering Crystal by Sebastian Loth
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