Chapter 2: Children’s grief

How to support children

Three months after our son's death, I joined a support group of other mothers who had lost their children. My daughter got to meet other kids who had lost a little brother or sister, and who talked about them all the time. Now my daughter talks about her brother all the time.

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 fear can be addressed. This can open further conversations where feelings can be shared, and a trusting relationship is reinforced.  Below are some basic tips and strategies that you can try in supporting your children.

Diagram with suggestions on how to support children