Give kids a chance to say goodbye

Taking children to visit a dying loved one in hospital can teach them about death, give them a chance to say goodbye and provide them with a sense of closure.
Taking children to visit a dying loved one in hospital can teach them about death, give them a chance to say goodbye and provide them with a sense of closure.PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO

WASHINGTON • Should parents take their children to visit a relative or loved one in a hospital or hospice? Death and dying can be scary and uncomfortable subjects, so parents may shy away from them.

But Ms Kayce Hodos, a counsellor in North Carolina who specialises in grief and loss, said while the issues are difficult, they do not need to be avoided.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 19, 2018, with the headline 'Give kids a chance to say goodbye'. Print Edition | Subscribe