Setting an Example
Setting an example of how to cope with grief is perhaps the most important task a parent or caregiver faces in helping a child deal with death. Being open to the grief of children can be difficult if parents are feeling overwhelmed with their own grief. Adults need to find resources for their own support and mourning so they can help their children. When communication is open, questions can be asked and needs expressed.
When someone dies, there are no words to make the hurt go away. Parents help their children most by being honest, listening, caring, sharing and giving permission for the whole family to grieve and mourn. Through this experience, a child can learn that even the most difficult times can be faced together. It is a lesson that goes beyond words.
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