When a child has experienced a significant loss, such as the death of a parent, grandparent or other close family member, that child’s caregiver has a significant responsibility in helping the child to mourn in a healthy way. In my last essay, I wrote about some strategies that parents or caregivers can use with their children in the midst and immediate aftermath of this kind of family loss.
Most parents hope that they will never have to see their young children exposed to the pain of loss. But we live in a world where life is finite, and many families with young children are faced with the difficulty of coping with the death of someone close. Parents and other caregivers often struggle with how to address and support a child?s grieving process,