Chapter 5: Supporting children and youth

Talking with grieving children and teens about suicide

The grief expert says
Roy Ellis, therapist, speaks about supporting children through a suicide loss with a balance of honesty and love.(3:22)Video transcript

When it comes to feelings, it helps to "name them to tame them.”I know my children are grieving too. It’s sometimes hard to have the right words, but I let them know that they can come and speak with me whenever they want or need to. I do my best to answer their questions and to listen even though I’m grieving too. 

Let children know that you are there to listen to their fears, worries, and emotions. By providing honest and clear information about what is happening, misconceptions and fears can be settled. This can open up further conversations where feelings can be shared, and a trusting relationship is reinforced.  Below are some basic tips and strategies you can try in supporting your children.

Graphic with tips on how to support children.