Talking to a child about the loss of their loved one is the hardest thing you may ever have to do. It is normal to feel uneasy and anxious talking to your child about death.
We all want the best for our children but we should not avoid talking to them about an event that will forever impact their lives.
What you say will depend on the child’s age so use words that are understandable for their age group. The child already knows that something is going on so give them a private and comfortable place to ask you questions.
Below are some basic tips to remember:
- They need to know that their feelings are okay to voice.
- Above all else your child needs to feel loved.
- Reinforce that nothing they did, said or thought caused this to happen.
- Make they feel safe by letting them know that no one else is leaving them.
The Parents Trauma Resource Center is an excellent site for parents and caregivers.Parents Trauma Resource Center http://tlcinstitute.org/PTRCtrauma.html