Helping Children Understand Loss

By: Tom Gallagher
Friday, November 25, 2022

Most young children and preschoolers are aware of death, even if they don't fully comprehend it. Some of your child's friends may have lost a loved one, and death is a recurring theme in comic books and television. However, children who have experienced actual loss often find the process strange and perplexing.

How To Teach Children About Loss

You can't protect your child from the pain of loss, but you can make them feel comfortable. You can also help them develop useful ways to cope with difficult emotions in the future by allowing them to talk about how they feel and enabling them to do so. The following advice from Nutmeg State Cremation Society may be helpful in this situation:

Talk About The Loss

Many people avoid discussing death after a loved one has died because it is difficult to do so. However, it is always preferable to be open and honest about death with your children rather than try to shield them from it.

Allay Their Fears 

You must discuss this matter carefully and refrain from saying anything that may frighten your child. You must explain to them that death is a natural part of life and shouldn't be feared.

Explain The Concept Of Death To Them 

Preparing children for these types of experiences is critical by explaining why they are unavoidable. For example, if a family pet dies, it is essential to explain the situation to your child in a calm manner. If someone in your family dies, you'll be better prepared to talk about death and grief.

Keep It Simple

When discussing death with a child, it is best to avoid philosophical discussions. Maintain a simple conversation and ensure your child understands that the deceased will not return to life.

Maintain Clarity 

The best way to deal with this is to be open and honest with your child. Avoid being ambiguous because it can cause undue stress to the child. It is preferable if your child understands the concept of death from someone they trust.

Children benefit from stability, so if you need some time away, enlist the help of a trusted family member or friend to care for your child while you relax. Your child should understand that life goes on even if it is necessary to grieve the loss of a loved one.

For information regarding how to explain loss to a child or more about our services, write to Nutmeg State Cremation Society via this Online Form. We offer start-to-end cremation services and can help you with all aspects of this process.

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