Loss can be many things - a relationship gone wrong. A young love or friendship that ends. The death of a loved one or beloved pet. It can even be a big disappointment that results in losing something important to you. While loss affects us in many different ways, it’s important to learn coping strategies for our mental health.
How to Talk to Children about Death
As parents, we try our best to protect our children from death, which is an unfortunate reality of life. But children are exposed to death in many ways, from the news to video games to their favorite books or movies. And sooner or later, we will get asked something like, “Are you going to die?”
So, how do we talk to our children about death and dying in a way that won’t scare them but respects their curiosity?
Schools around the country are being closed to try to slow down the spreading of COVID-19. At first, this may sound exciting, but these closings present us with lots of challenges. Here are a few tips to handle the next few weeks.
News of natural disasters, mass shootings, bombs and politics is enough to frighten adults, but children may feel even more shaken. When tragedy struck at Sandy Hook, my kids were little – one was a toddler and the other two were still in preschool.
If you have, or know, a child who has been exposed to trauma, it’s important to seek out appropriate treatment and support. The most important thing parents and caregivers can do is believe a child when they come forward about abuse or witnessing violence.
Children and adolescents do not have to be the victim of a violent crime to experience trauma. Learn how exposure to violence can affect our youth.