Counselor: Use honesty when discussing Newtown with kids

Written by Megan Lello | Dec 17, 2012 2:42 PM

(Harrisburg) -- In the wake of the Newtown shooting at an elementary school, a York County grief counselor is offering advice to parents about how to discuss the tragedy with their children in a sensitive, age-appropriate way.


Leslie Delp is a bereavement specialist and founder of Olivia’s House, a grief and loss center for children in York.

Speaking on witf's Radio Smart Talk, she says parents shouldn't necessarily shy away from talking about the incident if children ask why it occurred. "That big 'why' question sometimes keep parents from having any conversation, and I always tell a parent, 'It is not your job to have all the answers, but for allowing the questions.'"

Delp says the conversation could allow parents to teach children about issues such as faith and death, which they may not otherwise discuss.

She warns many young children may believe a similar situation could happen at their school, so it's important for parents to reiterate the safety precautions taken.

Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School left 28 people dead, including 20 children and six teachers and administrators.

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