Grief and Loss

Grief and Loss

  • Losing a loved one can be extremely hard for individuals of any age. Below are a few ways you as parents can support your children through this difficult time

    • Understand that children cope with death differently and may have a range of reactions (including emotional shock, regression, acting out and explosive emotions, and questioning) depending on their developmental level
    • Answer your child's questions and help them understand what happened with truthful, developmentally appropriate responses
    • Allow children to grieve and tell their story, listen and validate their feelings, and show extra love and care
    • Understand that grief is a process and allow it to happen as the child needs
    • Realize that as children move into new developmental stages, they begin to understand the loss in a new way and may need extra support
    • Be aware of your own need to grieve as a parent; adults who get help working through their grief are much more able to help their child through the grieving process

    Source:  Jaclyn Sepp http://mssepp.blogspot.com/

     

    Resources:

    MoorestownVNA:  Offers free support groups for children who have experienced lossThis agency also provides individual counseling on a sliding scale fee schedule.  https://www.moorestownvna.org/griefsupport 
     
    Samaratin Hospice: Samaratin Hospice offers free support groups.  They also offer individual counseling on a sliding sacale fee schedule.   https://www.samaritannj.org/services/grief-support-south-jersey/support-groups
     
    Camp Firefly:  A free summer camp for children who have lost a family member.  https://www.moorestownvna.org/campfirefly
     
    Rainbows.org:  A website with resources to help children and teens grieve following a loss  https://rainbows.org/resources