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Coping with childhood grief: Your experience

Tragedy or trauma experienced as a child can have a lasting impact. We're inviting you to share your story.
ANNIE SPRATT/UNSPLASH

Tragedy or trauma experienced as a child can have a lasting impact. We're inviting you to share your story.

Twenty years on from Princess Diana's death, Princes William and Harry have opened up about the grief that is, in Harry's words, "still raw".

Psychologist Karen Nimmo says their openness is hugely helpful in understanding how much, and for how long, children can struggle with the death of a parent.

So we're inviting you to open up, too, and share your own experiences of childhood grief. 

This won't necessarily be the death of a parent - you may have gone through another kind of trauma or tragedy that has impacted your life. Or, perhaps you've had to help your own child through loss and grief. 

How did you process these difficult events as a child, and how has your perspective changed? What influence have they had on your life since?

What advice would you give to someone going through a similar experience, and what can friends and relatives do to help a grieving child?

Hit the big button to contribute. We accept submissions of between 250 and 800 words. App users: You can email your submission to stuffnation@stuff.co.nz.

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