Helping Children With The Death Of A Parent

By: Myles O'Riordan
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

It's never easy to lose a parent, no matter how old you are. Young children, on the other hand, may find the situation particularly traumatic. Parents act as a safety net and a source of stability for their children. Losing a parent can leave a child feeling vulnerable and alone in the world. We've seen mourning parents and heartbroken children here at Wagg Funeral Home. Here are some ideas to help children with the death of a parent.

Communicate Clearly

Giving bad news to a youngster is never easy, but it has to be done. There should be no space for misinterpretation. The use of ambiguous language or phrases is a common strategy among adults to try to minimize the impact of the situation. At a time when youngsters need stability above all else, this can bring distress and confusion.

Follow A Schedule

Children are egocentric and they tend to obsess over how the death of a parent would affect their personal lives. The importance of establishing routines early on cannot be overstated. It's important to have a backup plan in place if a parent was responsible for picking up the child from school and dropping him or her off and handling other everyday tasks. 

Allow Them To Feel What They're Feeling

Children are in desperate need of a way to express their feelings. The more they cry, the more they'll lose their temper and shout before they stop. If this pattern continues for very long, it will simply increase their emotional tension and lead to long-term problems if you tell them to behave themselves.

If you need any other information, feel free to call us and speak with the funeral director at Wagg Funeral Home. We can help you preplan a funeral and with information about the different services available.

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