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Chippy Chipmunk book helps kids deal with loss

Chippy Chipmunk book helps kids deal with loss

Explaining a loss to children isn't easy--whether it's a family member, a friend or a pet.

But an award winning nature photographer from New Ringgold, Pennsylvania has come up with a way.

Kathy Miller, author of the renowned Chippy Chipmunk series of books spoke with WFMZ's Jaciel Cordoba on 69 News at Sunrise. 


Reassure them all feelings are okay (i.e. sadness, anger).

Let them know it's okay to cry.

Give children permission to talk about the one they lost.

Encourage them to express their feelings through art or play.

Listen.  Don't worry about having the right thing to say.

Help them create a memory box or journal of happy memories.

Get the children back to a normal routine.

Source: Denise Whalen, Licensed Professional Counselor

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