Our Kids: Dealing with Grief

Tips for when your kids are dealing with grief:

1. Give Them Room!

2. Be Ready to Listen!

3. Give Them Something to Do!

Cheyenne, Wyo. (KGWN) The following tips are courtesy Ronn Jeffrey for the CBS 5 Morning Show "Our Kids" segment.

This has been a tough month for both parents and kids in our community after the loss of the young boy earlier this month. A lot of parents are wondering how they can help their kids deal with this difficult time

Everyone deals with grief differently and kids are no exception. Some will become very emotional and some may not show a lot of feelings. Losing a friend is very difficult for kids to understand. To them, life is forever and they are confused when they are faced with the reality of losing someone. The following tips may help kids deal with this difficult time:

1. Give Them Room!

Don’t push them to hard. Sometimes kids need to think about how they feel before they can express their feelings.

Allow them some time to be alone with their thoughts and feelings. Quiet reflection can helps bring closure to kids.

2. Be Ready to Listen!

Don’t push your child to talk. Sometimes talking is hard for your kids. Just sit with them. They’ll talk when there ready.

When their ready to talk just listen and don’t judge to try to fix things. Learning to deal with the loss of a friend takes time.

Be careful with statements like "I know how you feel." It might be better to say "It must be really sad to lose your friend."

3. Give Them Something to Do!

Kids feel very helpless at a time like this. They like to know WHY and we don’t have a good answer for them.

Sometimes it can be very helpful for you to encourage them to express their feelings.

If they like to write encourage them to write about their feelings in a journal. Or help them think of something they could do for the family or the school.

When kids are able to do something it makes them feel better and helps them cope with their grief.

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