This one takes commitment! Be a substitute role model to the grieving child. Of course you will not be able to replace their parent, but you might, in some small way, be able to fill that void to a degree.
I know as time went by I looked for (male – in my case) friends and family members who would spend time with my daughter so that she could gain a picture of and understanding of what a good dad/man was.
You don’t necessarily have to plan big, special activities.
In my case there was a time period where my father would take her out to breakfast, just the two of them.
Also my daughter and I would so spend a weekend with some dear friends and their children. There she was exposed to a “whole” family and could interact with the husband/dad.
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