Advice for Families with Children

Advice For Families With Children

Discussing death with children requires sensitivity and care, but it's crucial to address their questions and concerns in a supportive manner suitable for their age. Here are some guidelines and resources to assist with this challenging conversation:

Be Honest and Age-Appropriate: Use simple, clear language that children can understand, avoiding euphemisms or confusing explanations.

Encourage Expression of Feelings: Create a safe environment for children to share their emotions openly and ask questions.

Listen and Validate: Listen attentively to their feelings and reassure them that their emotions are normal and valid.

Provide Reassurance: Let children know they are loved and supported, and offer comfort during this difficult time.

Use Books and Resources: Utilize age-appropriate books and videos to facilitate discussions about death and grief.

Seek Professional Support: If needed, consider seeking support from professional counsellors or therapists who specialize in grief counselling for children. In the UK, several organizations offer support and resources for families and children coping with death and grief:

  1. Child Bereavement UK: Provides counselling services, support groups, and resources for families and children experiencing loss.
  2. Winston's Wish: Offers practical support and guidance, including information packs and online resources.
  3. Cruse Bereavement Care: Provides counselling and support tailored to the needs of children and young people.
  4. Samaritans: Offers emotional support through a confidential helpline available 24/7. Remember, it's okay to seek help and support when discussing death with children. By providing honest information, emotional support, and access to resources, you can help them navigate the journey of grief and loss.