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Talking to Children

Talking to Children

A booklet to help parents support their children through difficult family times

There are many resources and materials available to use with children about a death in the family which you may find helpful. However, termination for fetal anomaly is a very sensitive area, and this booklet focuses on the more specific difficulties parents bereaved in this way may face when talking to their children.

Parents who end a pregnancy because an anomaly is diagnosed in their baby experience a particular kind of grief and loss. The loss rests upon a decision you have taken, which can make this extremely difficult to talk about. Parents often worry a great deal about how, and what, to tell their other children. Children can find the loss of a baby under these circumstances especially confusing and difficult to understand.

In addition, partners may feel differently about what has happened, and the questions it raises. Whatever your differences, it is important that both of you agree with what you are going to tell your children, and how you approach the subject. This leaflet discusses some of the things you might want to consider.

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