Before you try to help your child deal with a loss, examine your own thoughts and feelings about loss, particularly about death. Recall your first experience with loss. What helped you deal with it? What was not helpful to you? This is especially important if you experienced your first major loss when you were a child. Remembering your experience may help you recognize and understand your child's feelings. Also, the things that helped you may also be helpful to your child.
Tell other significant adults in your child's life about his or her recent loss. Child care providers, teachers, and school counsellors may also be able to help your child work through his or her grief.
Here are some steps for helping children during the grieving process:
Practice one of the activities above in the presence of another adult. After the activity, ask the adult to tell you how effective they think the activity was for your child.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineDonald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerSidney Zisook, MD - PsychiatryJean S. Kutner, MD, MSPH - Geriatric Medicine, Palliative Medicine
Current as ofOctober 6, 2017
Current as of: October 6, 2017
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
& Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Sidney Zisook, MD - Psychiatry & Jean S. Kutner, MD, MSPH - Geriatric Medicine, Palliative Medicine
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