Dr. Housman on VeryWell

October 16, 2020

“A study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) published in European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry found that the death of a family pet can trigger symptoms of poor mental health, such as prolonged grief. Parents should take children's grief seriously and support them through the process, which might take longer than they'd expect, researchers suggested… Dr. Donna Housman, EdD, a psychologist specializing in child development and early childhood education, says that when a pet dies, parents should always be "honest, accurate, respectful, empathic and brief." Read the full article here.

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