I had no idea what I was supposed to do when my husband passed away and how to help my 2-year-old daughter with the loss of her dad. I looked for children’s books to help her understand. I went through counseling on my own for guidance. Through personal trial and error, I learned what top three things it was that my child needed the most.
(1) Routine was essential! Creating an atmosphere of balance and predictability helped my daughter find a new norm and sense of security.
(2) Consistently being available and open to discussing our tragedy when she wanted to talk, allowed her to release her emotions to heal.
(3) Telling my daughter how much I loved her every day gave her the reassurance of how much I supported her.
Parental guidance and input is crucial to your child’s recovery. Concentrating on these key points will help. Your children certainly need you and want your support.
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