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Grief: some tips for parents when their children are grieving

Posted 11th January 2022

– Children grieve in many different ways, there’s no “right” way;  Reassure your child that they don’t need to do things in any particular way 

– You might notice changes in behaviour – louder / quieter, more disruptive / more withdrawn / more oppositional, more excitable etc. – any change in behaviour is worth thinking about with your child

– Help your child to know that no question about death is silly and whatever their view is it’s OK

– Just because a child doesn’t look upset it doesn’t mean the death hasn’t affected them 

– It might be helpful to give your child a chance to write a letter to the person who died or mark it in other ways, e.g. candle, memory box of special objects, plant some seeds etc.