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Hi readers, it’s Emily and William here writing about crying.

We’ve been thinking lots about crying, about why we cry, when we cry, if it’s a good thing to cry and what to do if we see someone else crying.

We also thought about the different kinds of crying, like at a wedding when we might cry tears of happiness and joy, whereas at funerals we would cry tears of sadness, grief and loss.

We think it’s good to let your emotions out because bottling them up can be much worse, though there are times when it’s more socially acceptable to cry, like you probably wouldn’t just burst out crying in the middle of shopping in Tesco!

Some people cry at the slightest thing, like a bit of spilt milk, while others will only cry if something really bad has happened like a death or they have been injured. We are all different and have our own ways of expressing our feelings, and that’s ok.

If we were to cry, the support we’d get would depend on who we’re with. From one person we might get a hug and then carry on with whatever we are doing, while others might not know what to say or how to comfort us, and walk away.

I, Emily, can’t imagine William crying. I think he is strong and manages his emotions well. It’s not weak to cry though, that can be a strength too. I, William have not seen Emily cry either but if she did, I would comfort her.

We have both cried tears of joy at weddings. I, Emily, cried at my brothers wedding as I was so happy to see him finally getting married, there were definitely tears coming down my eyes.

The writers of the Our View column are supported in their editing by People First Dorset - a charity led and run by people with learning disabilities with support from staff.

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