I have heard a saying that seems very true. “If you are old enough to love you are old enough to grieve”. I wanted to give some practical information about talking to our children about death. It is hard to know what to say and how to say it when tragedy strikes. Here are some helpful ways to comfort and communicate with your kids about a topic that can be difficult and often times uncomfortable. Remember, you are a powerful influence in your child’s life and they need to hear from you in a way they can understand and a way that brings comfort and hope. Below are some helpful ways of walking with your child through grief.
As you talk with your child it is important you try to listen for their level of understanding in each of the above-mentioned areas. This will help guide your communication. If you see that your child is not coping well with a loss it is important to ask for help. Talk with teachers to see if there are any behavioral changes at school. Any changes in sleeping and/or eating, mood changes, or behavioral changes need to be addressed. Play therapy is an excellent resource for young children to process through grief. Contact our office if you need additional resources or have questions about counseling.
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I believe we all need a safe place to explore the issues that may be preventing us from experiencing a full and satisfying life. My greatest reward as a therapist is helping my clients examine ways to make the changes in their lives that will allow them to look forward to the future with hope. I am a bilingual (Spanish-English) LPC.
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