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Children as survivors

Despite the widespread belief that children don't suffer, they are likely, in fact, to experience the same kind of feelings as adults. The way they express their pain, however, may differ because children have fewer tools than adults for expressing their feelings.

Children are more prone to feelings of guilt and abandonment. It's important for them to understand that they are not to blame for the death, and that there's someone who will take care of them.

Being secretive about a suicide so as to protect children may have negative consequences in the future. It's important to explain the situation and respond honestly to children's questions with answers suited to their age.

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