|The Grief of Children is expressed many times in
a different manner than ours. A child's grief process is compounded
in that they do not have the reasoning capabilities as do adults.
There emotions seem to be exaggerated and things seem larger than
life. Don't sell a child short. A child to whom given proper
explanations, can deal and handle crises sometimes better than
It is important when dealing with a child to be truthful. As parents, we often want to protect children from the pain of grief. But don't cover up the truth of a death by lying or be honest and communicate. Give time each day to answer questions that your children might have about death. Death is a natural part of life's cycle and something we all have to experience.
Ways to Help Children Cope
Explanations that may confuse children
Children are very concrete thinkers and understand things you say in a very literal way. Some of the explanations we use with children can actually make the grief process more difficult or cause problems later in life.
With your loving support, concern and guidance a child will make it through a difficult time learning another of life's lessons.
Children's reaction to death
Children, not unlike you, may react to death in a variety of different ways. They may experience all of the emotions of the grieving process or they may experience just a few. As with you, there are no rules to what feelings may first arise. Deal with their feelings in a loving, caring manner. Be careful to really listen to what your child is expressing and trying to tell you. If you see that your child is needing counseling to help them through this rough time arrange with a school counselor or a professional to help them.
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