Thursday, September 5, 2013
Children often have trouble coping with the loss of a loved one. Here are some tips to help them deal with the grieving process:
- First, have an honest discussion when breaking the news to a child. Let the child react however they may need to and let them know you’re available.
- Avoid euphemisms when describing death so the child is not confused about what happened to their loved one.
- Keep an eye on the child to check if their grieving is becoming too severe.
- If the child is still grieving six months after the death, consider a professional mental health counselor.
- Don’t shy away from talking about the death; it is important the child understands that death is a part of life.
- Surround your child with support, whether it’s through other family members, school counselors, teachers, or support groups.
See Helping Your Kids Deal with the Death of a Family Member, Backup Care, September 2013.