Although we all know death is a natural part of life, it remains a difficult topic to talk about, even as an adult, let alone with a kid. If you know of a child who has faced the death of a parent, grandparent or sibling, there are some very good resources available to help.
The National Alliance for Grieving Children has some great materials available as well as links to many sites that have useful information.
Compassionate Books has a great collection of books that can help in a wide variety of situations involving loss.
The Dougy Center has some very good resources as well, with some tangible things you can do to help a grieving child. For example:
Often the hardest time to be direct is right after a death. When a child asks what happened, use concrete words such as “died” or “killed” instead of vague terms like “passed away.” A young child who hears his mother say, “Dad passed away” or, “I lost my husband,” may be expecting that his father will return or simply needs to be found.So use these resources, or pass them on to someone who can use them. You may surprised how few degrees away you may be from a grieving child.
Please share this with someone today.