The holidays can bring up emotions we thought we had put behind us. If an individual has experienced a loss, it’s normal to still have mixed feelings, even years later. As adults, we take the time to grieve the way we need to, but what about our kids?
Children go through the grieving process as well, except they may lack the maturity to understand these feelings.
Here are a few tips on how to help a child experiencing grief:
1. Acknowledge the child’s grief. Invalidating a child’s pain can have lasting, harmful effects.
2. Listen to the child. Oftentimes, advice is not needed or wanted.
3. Reassure the child. Let them know you are there every step of the way.
4. Be patient. There is no time limit for grief.
5. You’re not alone. For more insight, visit www.childrengrieve.org