Parenting Skills Blog for Character, Parenting, and Family Solutions from Jean Tracy, MSS
You can help your child deal with grief. Recently, my 2-year-old granddaughter said, "Chum died". She repeated it several times. Chum was our 15-year-old yellow lab. Just thinking about her brings tears to my eyes.
I knew little Allyssa didn't understand and wanted to know where Chum was. We said, "Chum's asleep". We showed her where Chum is buried. Sometimes it's hard to know what to say to kids when a death occurs.
My friend, Mary, says,"Include your child in difficult things, like the death of a loved one." She believes it's helpful to let your child see you grieve. When your child sees you grieve, your child realizes that grief is normal. It adds another dimension and makes life more realistic. Of course, your child will have sad things to grieve throughout his or her life. Seeing how you grieve now is a preparation for grieving later.
To help your child, have him or her draw a picture of the grief and then tell you about it. When you take the time to listen, you'll lessen your child's pain.
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