Helping Children with the Death of a Parent
Death of a parent is one of the most painful experiences regardless of a person's age. However, it has a particularly harsh impact on young children. Parents are the center of a child's world and a part of their identity. Children consider their mom and dad infallible and expect them to always be there. Kids also don't have a clear understanding of death or its permanence, which is why it is difficult for them to handle such a change. At Willowbrook Cemetery, we recommend taking the steps mentioned below to help a child cope:
1. Maintain Stability
Parents provide stability and security. They dictate the routine and have specific jobs or roles. These factors help a child feel safe and comfortable in their homes. Losing a parent shakes this foundation, which can lead to a lot of uncertainty. The remaining parent, as well as other adult members of the family, must maintain routines and stability as much as possible.
2. Comfort and Attention
All children will need comfort and attention during this point in time, regardless of their age. Parents often end up neglecting older kids in favor of younger ones, which can be detrimental to their health. Make sure you give all children some hugs, kisses, and time. Spend quality time together and encourage siblings to share their grief. That can help all family members heal.
Different children have different ways to handle such grief. Some become sullen and silent, others throw tantrums, and some want to help as much as they can because they feel powerless. Parents and adults should maintain communication and adjust their approach according to the child’s behavior.
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