Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Talking to Kids About Death
I have a chapter in HEALING about supporting children and teenagers while grieving. Still, there's so much more to explore on this subject.
Every age presents its own challenges and unique needs. From a toddler's confusion over a missing parent to a high schooler's rebellion after the death of a sibling, the response of a caregiver will change dramatically. It's not just age that dictates how you should deal with their pain, though. As every parent knows, personality determines your approach. From how you break the news to how you observe birthdays, you will likely handle every child differently.
I would like to hear from you now. Tell me about your experiences. Did someone close to you die when you were young? Are you the parent of a grieving child?
If so, what has/has not worked for you? What do you say or do for other young people now after a death? What you NOT say or do?
Thanks so much. Your honest answers will help others know how to best comfort another child, and to avoid saying those words that haunt you still.