Yes we can. Feel free to visit the Children & Grief section in this website. There, you will find resources to help your children with their grief. You can also contact our Bereavement Coordinator who will take the time to listen to your concerns, and together, you can find the best solution for you and your children. Helping grieving children is something we take very seriously.
When helping children deal with their grief, it is probably most important to remember at least two things:
- We must be honest in what we say, and
- We must be open with our emotions.
Children deserve an honest answer to their questions, especially the difficult ones. They also deserve for us to be open with them concerning our own grief. It is OK to cry in front of our children. It will let them know in an honest and open way that we are hurting just like they are. It also gives them permission to cry. As Dr. Alan Wolfelt has stated, "As care givers, openness and honesty are essential" (1998, p. 50).