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How do you help children after a parent dies in a car accident?

When your spouse dies in a car accident in Tennessee, your entire family is emotionally affected by this event. This kind of incident can be especially traumatic for children and it is important to know how you can help them during this difficult time. 

There are a few things you can do to help children as they mourn their deceased parent. According to PsychCentral.com, it is important to talk with your children about the incident that led to their parent's death. However, your children may not always want to talk for long periods of time and they may not be ready to discuss the event. It is important to let them decide when to end the conversation and when they continue it. When your child is ready to talk, you should usually answer his or her questions with age-appropriate answers.

Sometimes your children may experience emotional or behavioral changes after your spouse dies. It is important for you to monitor your children so you can get counseling for them if they need it. Your child's age usually determines what signs of trauma he or she displays. Teenagers might experience difficulties with their friends or have trouble sleeping. Children in elementary school may become withdrawn or complain about headaches or stomachaches. If your children are beneath the age of five, they may begin wetting the bed or become clingy.

While you may sometimes want to stop your everyday routine, your children usually need this stability. It is a good idea to continue your daily routine so some aspects of your children's lives are predictable.

This information is general in nature and should not be used in place of legal advice.

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