The vast majority of parents find themselves at a loss when trying to help their children deal with any grieving experience that impacts their children. This 4-week program is designed to teach parents, and others who work with children, the necessary tools to help their children effectively deal with their broken hearts, no matter the loss they are facing.
Helping Children Deal with Loss
For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving, and Other Losses
There are many Myths about dealing with sad emotions that confuse children:
- Time heals all wounds
- Replace the loss
- Cry alone
- Be strong for others
- Bury your feelings
- Don’t feel bad, have a cookie, you’ll feel better…
In this program you will learn how to replace these myths with practical guidance for your children.
- Listen with your heart, not your head. Allow all emotions to be expressed, without judgment, criticism, or analysis.
- Recognize that grief is emotional, not intellectual. Avoid the trap of asking your child what is wrong, for he or she will automatically say, “Nothing.”
- Adults – Go first. Telling the truth about your own grief will make your child feel safe in opening up about his or her own feelings.
- Remember that every child is unique and each has a unique relationship to the loss event.
- Be patient. Don’t force your child to talk.
- Never Say “Don’t feel sad” or “Don’t feel scared.” Sadness and fear, the two most common feelings attached to loss of any kind, are essential to being human.
For further information call:
Elaine "Ellie" McFalls • Advanced Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®
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