Those who experience more loss when young have different outlooks on life. Youthful grieving takes a toll but also prepares one for life and how to cope. It can also though if not handled correctly, cause future grieving problems. Hence it is important to help the young grieve properly.
The article,7 Ways Grieving When You’re Young Changes You, According To Experts, by Lindsey Mack states,
Coping with the loss of a loved one is difficult at any age. But for children who experience grief at a young age, the effects of this loss may continue into adulthood. There are quite a few ways grieving when you’re young changes you in general.
It is very heartbreaking to see one’s child grieve. Helping children overcome grief is an important task of any parent or relative. Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Training can also help parents and friends better understand the nature of grief in children.
The article, “Tips on what to do when a child experiences death and grief” by LOH SIT FONG states.
Losing someone or something we love is part of life. As adults, we are mature and experienced enough to understand this. However, grief and sorrow may be something a child has never experienced before.
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Sometimes it is difficult to discuss with children the dangerous nature of the world. Explaining tragic accidents and why people die is one of those difficult conversations. It is important to learn how to communicate loss and grief to children.
The article, “How to talk with your children about tragic accidents” by Sarah Guernelli states,
In a tragic loss such as the one that occurred Wednesday afternoon, local health specialist told Western Mass News that talking with your children about a situation like this is important.
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Also to learn more about helping children through grief and learning how to communicate with them, please review our program. AIHCP’s program in Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling gives certified grief counselors the chance to learn more about counseling children through bereavement.
Play therapy has always been a beneficial tool in helping children in counseling. Expressing grief is no different. Children are able to express grief and trauma through play. A counselor is then able to help the child express the grief in a productive way through play therapy.
The article, How play therapy can help children heal, by Karen Marley looks at the benefits of play therapy. She states,
“Play therapy is an evidence-based practice that helps a child build a greater sense of self. When engaged in play therapy, a child uses his or her entire self – mind and body – to express unconscious fears, thoughts, wishes and feelings.”
AIHCP offers a certification in Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling which can help prepare counselors for dealing with child grief. Please review our full Grief Counseling Training and see if it matches your academic and professional needs.
Dealing with grief in schools is a big issue as more and more shootings and tragedies occur in our nation. Schools do not always have the resources or grief counselors on hand to help students overcome grief.
The article, “Schools fall short when it comes to helping grieving students” by David Schonfeld states,
“An adolescent experiences the death of his mother after a lengthy illness. When I ask what services he would like to receive from the school, he initially says he didn’t expect special treatment, would be embarrassed by counseling from the school mental health staff and wouldn’t feel comfortable if many of his teachers asked to talk to him about his grief.”
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.”
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.
Great article regarding children and visiting a dying loved one. It is important to include children in the grieving process as well. Please also review our Child Grief Counseling Program
The article, Five ways to prepare young children to visit a loved one who is dying, by Jessica Hinton states
“Death and dying can be scary and uncomfortable subjects, so parents understandably may shy away from them and wonder if it’s a good idea to take their children to visit a relative or loved one in the hospital or a hospice facility. I wrestled with this when my grandmother was dying and ultimately chose to take my children to visit her in the hospital in her final days. I don’t regret that choice, because it gave the kids a chance to get to know her and also helped them start to understand that death is a normal part of life.”
Losing a parent is always painful but even more so for a child. Losing the important bond and memories to death of a parent at an early age can be traumatic for some. Please also review our Child Grief Counseling Program to learn more. Please click here
The article, The Death of a Parent Affects Even Grown Children Psychologically and Physically, by Joshua Krish states,
“Losing a parent is the closest thing humanity has to a universal emotional experience. But universality doesn’t dampen the trauma of the event, which tends to inform and affect the rest of peoples’ lives.”
Sad article about helping children grieve and remember a lost parent on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
The article, How to Support Your Grieving Children on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, by Irwin Sandler states,
“AS WE APPROACH MOTHER’S Day this weekend and with Father’s Day coming up next month, it’s important to remember that for some, this is a very painful time of year. For children who have lost a parent, holiday celebrations focused on the presence of mothers and fathers can evoke poignant memories and stir up strong feelings of grief, loss and alienation.”