- It is helpful for adults to model a healthy reaction to loss by expressing their own feelings to their child(ren).
- Children may feel frightened and insecure because they sense the grief and stress of others, and feel powerless to help. They will need additional love, support, and structure in their daily routine.
- When someone dies, children often worry about themselves and others dying. They need an explanation of death that is concrete and uses terms such as “die” and “dead.” Avoid using vague terms such as “going away” or “sleeping.”
- Help children learn to recognize, name, accept and express feelings.
- A child’s grief may be difficult to recognize as children may express feelings of grief more in behavior than in words. (Feelings of helplessness, anxiety, anger, and fear are common and often may be acted out)
Jamie Wade, LCPC