Addiction Forum Question

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HopetrackerA3 A Mom From FL

How do I tell a child their parent died of an overdose?

My son is just eight years old. He's so innocent in all of this. It's not fair. I don't even have the words to say. I can't stop thinking about it.  I feel like I should tell him the truth about his mom's overdose, so he grows up hating drugs. I know it's a lot for a boy to process, but I feel he deserves the truth. I don't know what to do or how to prepare. If anyone can relate, please help me.
Olivia K It's important that you sort out your own feelings first. Understand your child's developmental level and explain what has happened in a way that he will understand. Reassure them that things will be ok, and if you are in need to additional support, consult with a therapist and if necessary, include your child in a session to discuss how they are feeling