Grief and Your Children – Part 1
Whether your children lost their parent through death, divorce or abandonment they experience an enormous amount of grief.
They do not know how to handle the grief they are feeling – they will need your help to work through their grief.
Your children will look for answers. If you don’t give them answers that they can understand, they will make them up.
Telling your children about your feelings of grief is one of the best things you can do for your children.
Children don’t handle loss very well.
Children must go through the grieving process in order to heal from their loss.
Shutting your children out of the grieving process means that their grieving process will take longer than necessary and that they will be forced to cope without your support.
Spend a lot of time with your children. Try to get them to open up and talk about their feelings.
For their grief there is no quick fix – it’s a long slow process that will require patience.
Remind your children that their parent loved them and help them remember the good times you had as a family before your spouse and their parent died or left.
Your children need more help dealing with their grief than do you.
“Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger than common joys.”