Every person certainly grieves differently, as does every child. So often, it becomes all too easy as a parent or adult close to a child to unintentionally overlook the child’s struggles with life as well as death. Children are the greatest observers and the greatest absorbers. They notice many of the little things that adults often try to shield from them and catch on to new information quite quickly.
When someone close to a child has died, guiding that child through their grief can be incredibly challenging. How do you know if your child understands what has happened? How do you begin to talk to them about death–and grief? And how can you help your child deal with their grief in a healthy way?
These questions are some of the hardest to answer because the answers can vary so extensively. The National Alliance for Grieving Children has some great ideas, however, about how to answer these questions–like the suggestion that grieving children can feel better when around other children who are going through something similar, children can become one another’s support system simply because they help each other feel less alone.
This is the cause that Safe Crossings Foundation particularly supports through funding the Safe Crossings Program which uses group therapy and group activities for children and teens as a main coping technique. The National Alliance for Grieving Children also provides a wide array of suggestions on how to help children grieve. Click here to read more.