Monday, June 9, 2014

4 Ways to Help Children Grieve

By Marcia Hall, as seen on

Sorrow is a normal emotion for any child to experience. Often when loss occurs in a child’s life, like the death of a loved one or pet, parents and caregivers avoid the subject or try to make light of the topic. Sometimes they will even give the child gifts or do something to distract him from the emotion he is showing. While this can make the adults caring for the child feel better, it does not truly help the child in any way. Your child needs to be allowed to move though the grieving process. When he is younger it is your job to guide him along this path. Below are four ways you can help your child move through the stages of grief and come out on the other side healthier, happier and ready for the many sad events life has to hold. 

  • Show emotion yourself. 
  • Avoid distracting him from his emotion.
  • Ask him how he feels; don’t tell him how to feel. 
  • Be with him and be understanding through all stages of grief. 
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