· Allow children to be the teachers about
their grief experiences.
· Don't assume every child in a certain age
group understands death the same way
or has the same feelings.
· Don't lie or tell half-truths to children.
· Encourage children to ask questions
· Don't assume that children grieve in some
orderly and predictable way.
· Let children know that you really want to
· Don't misunderstand what may be a lack
of feelings on the child's part when a l
loved one dies.
· Don't forget the concept of magical thinking.
· Remember that when the child feels relief, it doesn't mean a lack of love on their part.
· Realize that children's bodies react when they experience grief.
· Don't feel badly that you can't give children total understanding about religion and death.
· Keep in mind that grief is complicated.
· Helping Children Through Grief requires sensitivity, patience, and understanding about what you
feel as well.
· Keep in mind your experiences of highs and lows will be unique. Don't stuff those feelings.
Don't deny those feelings. If you need to cry -- cry! If you are laughing -- that's okay -- don't
stop because of "guilt".