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Talking to Children

Talking to children

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 leaflet focuses on the more specific difficulties parents bereaved in this way may face when talking to their children about their loss.

Parents who end a pregnancy after a prenatal diagnosis experience a particular kind of grief. The loss rests upon a decision they 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 confusing and difficult to understand. This leaflet addresses some of the concerns parents might have.

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