Help with Bereaved Children

Does the family have young kids? Offer your help with bereaved children. It is usually not that complicated.

You could carpool their kids along with yours to activities.

child rock climbing

Also invite them on fun activities with your youngsters in the days/weeks/months after the funeral. Even though kids will be grieving the loss of their parent, remember that one way they burn off stress is to play hard.

--This was true for my daughter when she lost her dad at the age of seven. I chose to have her only stay for part of the long day of the visitation. Later my mother took her home and she played with the neighbor girl. I know that she wasn’t grieving any less, but children need time away from the pain. She got to play without condemnation or feeling guilty. I think this is very important for a youth’s recovery.--

child rope swinging over creek

Try to treat them as normal as possible. They need stability. Be sensitive to their need to talk or not and respect it. Usually children are dealing with grief differently than adults.

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