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Helping Children Grieve
The loss of a loved or family friend is difficult for an adult. But for children, who donít have the fully developed emotional capability to deal with death, knowing what to say and do is critical to helping them overcome grief, said Ellen Hollon, director of Child Life at Childrenís Medical Center of Dallas.

Adults can help children deal with death by explaining it in concrete terms and letting them know what they can expect to see during funeral activities and beyond, Hollon said. "A child can also have a designated adult as their "special buddy" during all the proceedings-someone who can focus solely on them."

Hollon also recommends creating an environment in which the child feels okay to talk about the deceased and giving a child permission to express grief. An adult also has to acknowledge to the child that it is okay not to express any emotions. "Help the child find some age-appropriate ways to remember the deceased person," she said. "You can do things like creating a memory box, a scrapbook or a special photo album."

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