When a loved one has died, we enter into new territory. This new territory is full of new information, new tasks and new feelings.
"How do I help my grieving child? How can I possibly explain what has happened? Where do I begin?"
Parents of grieving children often ask these questions. And there are no easy answers.
A child's ability to understand and cope with death is dependent on many factors, including age, development, disposition, internal coping mechanisms and experience with loss. A child's grief is as individual as the child. Yet, there are ways for adults to help a grieving child heal.
To talk with someone, contact Fairview Youth Grief Services.
Information and resources about grieving children
- What you may notice in a grieving child or teen
- How parents and caregivers can help
- How teachers and daycare providers can help
- Ways to help a child remember their loved one
- Suggested reading for children and teens
- Links to other sources of emotional, financial, practical help for you and your family