Helping Kids Cope With Death

Anxiety and nightmares are just a couple of effects the death of 7-year-old Chastity Sumner could have on local children, according to one Greenville psychologist. Dr. Gary Dunn is the director of the psychology department at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. We talked to him about the impact murder has on children, in light of Saturday's Pink Hill murder, that devastated family and community members across Eastern Carolina. Dr. Dunn says news of this gruesome crime could emotionally damage many children, but he says there are ways of dealing with it. He says when explaining such news to kids, you need to be accurate, but don't use too much emotion. He also says while parents need to be honest, they always have to consider what is age appropriate.


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