CHILDHOOD BEREAVEMENT COUNSELLING
For a child, the world in many ways is still relatively unknown. Experiencing the realities of the death of a loved one, and encountering grief for the first time, can make their world even more confusing. Add to this a family unit in its own state of grief and distress, this can become an unsettling time in a child’s life.
Helping your child process their feelings:
As adults, it’s natural to want to protect children. But what we often don’t realise is that children are much more perceptive and resilient than we’d think - as long as they are told in an appropriate way. So, it’s best to be honest about what has happened as soon as you are able to. Delaying a conversation with them might make it harder for yourself, as well as for the child.
You might think that you know your child inside and out, but grief is a powerful thing. It can affect us all in strange and different ways
Children have a limited ability to put their thoughts and feelings into words. Because of this, they might ‘act out’ in their behaviour, rather than express themselves verbally.
There will be many factors that affect their understanding and reaction to what has happened, some of these factors include:
the age of the child
their relationship with the person that died
the general circumstances, or how the person died
how the family expresses feelings and communicates
how naturally resilient the child is