Home Add to Favorite Contact Submit  
             28 January, 2021
 

    
Category:  Articles » Self Improvement » Grief-Loss

 

How to Help Children Who Are Experiencing Grief

Popularity:
         Views: 1357
2008-08-20 08:02:17     
Article by Julia Sorensen

To help the child it is very important that you are truthful about what has happened. When the child has questions it is important that they are answered simply and truthfully. Give them a safe place to let their feelings out about the death or loss. You might notice that the child has regressed; it is acceptable to let them regress for a time.

You should also help them to find creative ways to express themselves. Encourage play and creative outlets for their feelings. Most of all be there for them to listen to their questions and thoughts. It is important that a child know that they do not have to face their loss alone.

It may be helpful for the child and family to enter family counseling. It can be a safe place for a child to let their feelings out without fear of criticism or hurting another member of the family. It is especially helpful if the loss is caused by divorce. Children might have a hard time expressing their feelings to the parent that remains in the house with them. They will miss their missing parent and might fear hurting the parent that remains by expressing that feeling. Family counseling is a good place to freely vent their feelings of loss and longing for the other parent.

Learn all that you can about the feelings that the child may be going through. You will need to understand that their acting out is just an expression of their hurt and anger over their loss. You must let them know that this type of behavior is not acceptable and show them another way to express their feelings. Encourage the child to talk out their feelings instead of the acting out behavior.

With older children there is the danger of substance abuse. Be aware of this possibility and take note of the signs and symptoms. While the parent may be experiencing their own grief and loss, it is important that they pay attention to the child's needs during this time. Children do not have the same coping skills that adults do and will need more guidance in dealing with the problems. If you are unable to help the child because of your own grief, you should seek out family counseling to help the whole family deal with their loss and grief.

For more free resources, visit http://www.thecbtcoach.com Julia Sorensen is the author of "Overcoming Loss Stories and Activities to Help Children Transform Grief and Loss" Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers:

Specialized in: Julia Sorensen - Ma - Rpc - Ccbct - Boulder - Or - Boulder Therapy - Boulder Therapist - Boulder Counseling - Psychotherapy - Psychotherapist - Mental Health - Depression - Anxiety - Relationship Counseling - Marriage Counseling - Family Counseling - Marriage And Family Counseling - Psychiatrist - Psychologist
URL: http://www.thecbtcoach.com
Print article      Bookmark this page
Related Articles 
Artificial Intelligence - Emulation of Emotion and Empathy (Popularity: ): One of the most important goals for artificial intelligence software programmers is to foster companionship between computers and humans. To do this the AI computers must appear to care and interact like humans do with one another. Emulating emotion and empathy is on its way right now.Currently, most consultants of artificial intelligent customer response systems for 'call centers' advise that the voice on the other end if coming from a ...
How to Remember Those Who Have Passed Away and Celebrate the Forgotten Heroes (Popularity: ): When my husband passed away, my in-laws decided not to have anything to do with me. I was left to cope with my sorrow and sadness as well as the fact that my in-laws buried my husband without my knowledge and only reluctantly let me know where they had actually scattered his ashes.If in your situation, your nearest family members do not help or support you, then it is time ...
Widowed Persons And Some Stigma They Suffer (Popularity: ): When I became a widow, I thought I had the grieving thing already whipped. We both knew my husband was dieing and would not be around for long once he was put into the Hospice Program. He had been hospitalized 12 different times during his 8 years on oxygen. His lung disease, diabetes and heart disease all had an equal chance of taking him away. We had talks about how ...
Gerald Ford and James Brown: We Hardly Knew Ye (Popularity: ): I find it fascinating that our nation is mourning two famous individuals whom hardly anybody knew. People all across America are talking about President Ford and James Brown in glowing and endearing terms, almost as if the two of them had been our next-door neighbors. Only they weren’t, but it doesn’t seem to matter. We mourn their deaths because both of them were important to us as a nation. President ...
Why Did President Ford Pardon Richard Nixon - Because Forgiveness Takes Strength (Popularity: ): When Gerald Ford became the first un-elected President of the United States, he brought with him the hopes and dreams of the American people, who were tired of hearing about Watergate, and who were filled with humiliation and over the break-ins and lies and excuses they had heard from their elected officials. Most Americans wanted to see President Richard Nixon punished--for what he had done, and for what he had ...


Related Business 
The Center for Grieving Children, Teens, and Families (Popularity: ): Provides grief support groups for children, teens and families from the Philadelphia region. Also provides grief support resources and training for professionals supporting bereaved families.
Compassion Books - Grief Resources (Popularity: ): Resources to help children and adults through serious illness, death, loss, grief and bereavement. Reviewed and selected by knowledgeable professionals.
Grief Inc. (Popularity: ): Official home of Darcie, Tony and Alicia Sims, who are internationally recognized public speakers on the topics of grief and grief support.
Grief Coach (Popularity: ): You are not alone if you have lost a loved one. Getting through the stages of grief is a long process and everyone has a unique experience. Let an expert grief coach help you heal.
Healing Grief (Popularity: ): Spiritual resources for people in grief. Invitations to contribute stories about after-death communication, miracles, inspirations, mystical photos. Includes a healing journey, bookstore, tapes, consultations, created by a widow to share with other people in grief.
Parent Coaching Cards (Popularity: ): Devoted to helping parents, educators, and counselors develop and improve upon children's self-control and social skills. A practical, hands-on reference for children experiencing social and emotional difficulties.
The Dougy Center (Popularity: ): Located in Portland, Oregon. Provides peer support groups for grieving children. Through the National Center for Grieving Children and Families also provides support and training locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief. Includes programs, guide books, history, and contact information.
Christian Services (Popularity: ): Faith based, non-profit agency providing assistance to children and their families through adoption and birth family services; individual, family and marriage counseling and children's grief support.
The Grief Recovery Institute (Popularity: ): Offering information, handbooks, resources, and news to help individuals deal with grief.
Barr-Harris Children's Grief Center (Popularity: ): Serves children who have lost a sibling; lost a parent through death, divorce, or abandonment; or imminent death of a family member; affiliated with the Institute for Psychoanalysis in Chicago, Illinois, US.