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Grief Matters! Jill Cody, M.A. Help in explaining death to children Children are very intuitive in responding to a death in the family. They feel the grief and sadness which permeate the energy which preceded that event. It’s important that you acknowledge how confusing a time this must be for your child. 1.Validate the many different emotions that go along with losing someone important in their lives. 2.Reassure the child that in no way is it their fault that those around them are unusually upset. Children tend to think they are to blame for problems. 3.Children often don’t understand the permanence of death unless they have had a pet which had passed away. 4.Get them the opportunity to talk about events or experiences which they remember about the person they have lost – even when some memories are funny and get them to laugh. That’s OK! 5.Their emotions can be like a roller-coaster. That is normal and expected; ranging from happy, to sad, to confused, or angry, or even bored because they are being ignored. 6.Give them ways of remembering the person they lost. If you have time, write down the stories they tell you about the person they lost, along with any pictures. Please email your questions to © Jill Cody 2019 Address your questions to: Jill Cody, M.A., L.C.P.C at: 301-898-7177 Sponssoreed by:

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