How Can I Help My Daughter Cope With the Death of Her Father?

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My husband died about a year ago. It's been hard on all of us, but especially on my youngest daughter. She's still so sad all the time. Is this ever going to get easier for her?
- Louise

The death of a parent is very difficult for anyone, and even more so if it happens when kids are young. As you probably know, recovering is a process that takes time. The thing your daughter needs to realize is that she doesn't have to be alone with her grief. Encourage her to talk about her feelings — with you, empathetic family members, adults she trusts, and friends.

If her sadness continues to linger or interferes with her schoolwork, sleep, or life, find a trained grief counselor who works with young people. You might also encourage her to attend a support group meeting where she can interact with and learn from others her age who are going through similar situations.

Reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD
Date reviewed: October 2012

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