Helping Children Deal With Death
Talking about death to children can be a tough situation to deal with. A lot of the times children know what death is due to tv shows and movies. But experiencing it personally can be very overwhelming for them and confusing seeing their loved one go.
Learn more about how to help children cope with grief.
How to help children cope with death
Every kid thinks differently and show different emotions. When it comes to death children may be sad for a short period of time and then do their normal playing routine as if nothing happened. Later on is when they realize that their loved is really not coming back.
Sometimes a child can become more distracted than adults because that is their way to avoid what is really happening around them. Although some children may seem to avoid their feelings, they can also become depressed and very sad once they know that the person is never coming back.
Helping a child cope with grief is important as they haven’t fully developed a lot of mature thoughts at their age. Having a child express their feelings and pour their heart out to you is very important and could help them recognize what is going on to help them better.
Reading or going to therapy with them can help them also learn more about what is going on around them and help them better cope with feelings they’re not sure of.
Giving the correct answers to the child questions about death and grief is also important. You don’t want to be overwhelming them with too much information because it could confuse them and make them terrified more. Give them simple direct answers about death is appropriate to do.
Attending funerals with a child can feel overwhelming because you might not know what the child is feeling. Attending funerals can actually be a good thing for the child to say their goodbyes and get the closure they need!
Trying to find people who stick around you to help you with your child so they won’t feel as lonely during these tough times can be very helpful as well.
Getting the help, you need and recognizing as a parent or guardian is important to recognize and receive it.
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