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Misconception: Knowing Someone is Dying Helps You Prepare and Say Goodbye

Reality: Despite being “prepared,” families going through the stress of illness often don’t have time to process their emotions and fully prepare for what’s coming. The same holds true for children. Plus, because of the ways children of different ages understand death, they may not realize its permanence, making it as much of a shock as having someone die suddenly. Recognizing this and supporting children throughout the process, from illness through dying to after the death of their loved one, can help them cope with their grief.