How to Support a Bereaved Child?18/01/2022
There are many answers to “how to support a bereaved child”.
If you find yourself in the position where you are supporting a grieving child, it is important to remember that each child is unique and their experience will be unique to them.
Some of the most commonly used techniques that you may find helpful;
- Give clear, honest and age appropriate information it gives clarity and offers trust between adult and child.
- The child may need reassuring that they are not to blame. That any feelings that they may have are OK and normal.
- Allow the child time to talk about what has happened. Let them know that any questions can be asked
- Regular routines that the child is familiar with can be comforting to a child who is experiencing changes in other areas.
- Children need clarity, to know that the important adults in their life are there for them.
As with adults, one of the most compassionate ways that you can help is to listen. Give the child time to grieve in their own way.
If you need further advice on how to support a bereaved child, there are many organisations available.
There are many professionals and charity organisations who help children who are struggling to cope with grief. The Good Grief Trust is one of many;
It is vital that we support children in the right way. Grief that hasn’t been recognised can cause issues throughout life.
There are some beautiful books available that can hep to open up a gentle conversation about life and loss;
Work through a Memories Box with your child. Some that are available;