Supporting young children going through loss and bereavement

Supporting young children going through loss and bereavement
Supporting young children going through loss and bereavement

This week I’ve been writing about bereavement especially as we approach the holiday season but how do we explain to young children why their favourite grandparent won’t be with us at Christmas.

As adults we can understand the loss of a loved one, not that it makes it any easier but for children it can be difficult to find the right words to explain and talk about the loss.   There is no right or wrong way but one thing is agreed and that is we should be totally honest with them.

There are many ways to help children and they are more resilient than we give them credit for, but sometimes, like adults, the loss of a loved one can create fears and anxieties that were not there before, behavioural changes may take place, or they may develop ailments such as sore throats just like the young girl and the loss of her beloved pet rabbit.

If you have noticed a change in your child following a loss and are worried I can help them with a carefully selected homeopathic remedy as I did with the little girl.   However, if you are finding it difficult to explain the loss there are other things that you can do such as read them books specially written and designed to help support young children. One such book is Brian and the Shiny Star.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Nicola Edwards, the author of the Adventures of Brian books. These are a series of beautifully illustrated books aimed at helping parents of young children to support and manage worries and fears in a non-intrusive way.   Brian and the Shiny Star specifically helps support children going through loss and bereavement. To find out more about Brian and his adventures please visit http://www.adventuresofbrian.co.uk.

If you would like to discuss any worries you have about your child following a loss or bereavement please call me for a FREE 15 minute chat to see how I may be able to help them with homeopathy. Contact me now

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