A very important part of teaching children to grieve and ensuring they grieve healthy is allowing children a chance to say good bye to a loved one. If a loved one is dying, the children need an appropriate time and place,according to their maturity, to be able to properly express themselves and say good bye to a loved one. Please also review our Child Grief Counseling Certification.
The article, Give kids a chance to say goodbye, states
“Should parents take their children to visit a relative or loved one in a hospital or hospice? Death and dying can be scary and uncomfortable subjects, so parents may shy away from them.”
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Despite these concerns, the article, as well as the American Academy of Grief Counseling encourages parents to face the fear and allow their child to see the dying person. It is critically important for the child’s development to understand the nature of death but also to be able to express him or herself in a positive way. This ultimately prevents future issues that he or she may face as a young adult with guilt or regret.
It is very important for children to be able to understand death and to express themselves. Please also review our Child Grief Counseling Certification and see if it matches your academic or professional needs.