Supporting a child through a parent's death

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Supporting a child through a parent's death

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I think the best way that a child can support a child surviving the death of a parent is acknowledging that a huge event that is. That it's possibly the worst thing they will ever go through and taking care of yourself. I was devastated and I had to get healthy and strong, so that I could help my kids. Be willing to talk about it. It's a terrible event. Some kids want to talk about it and some don't. You have to be receptive their needs. Some want to go to counseling, some don't. You just have to give them time. It's a process that is never-ending, because every birthday, every graduation, they are going to feel the absence of their father. You have to be prepared for that. Even the happy times are going to be tainted a little bit.

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Gioconda Aviles

Mom & Court Certified Spanish Interpreter

Gioconda Aviles, 45, is a mother of six: Four boys, ages 23, 21,19, and 17 from her first marriage, and twin girls, ages 2 ½, from her second. She had her first child at 22 and her last two at 42. She is a Certified Court Spanish Interpreter who has operated her own interpreting agency for the last 24 years. She loves being a mom - it is the best and most challenging thing she has ever done.

Gioconda enjoy cooking, Pilates, dancing, hiking, making new friends and having new experiences.

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