Tips for Helping Your Child Understand Loss

Losing a loved one is difficult for individuals of any age, but without proper guidance and support from a parent, it can be especially traumatizing for a child. Depending on their age, children may not yet grasp the fact that death is a final, irreversible process.

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When speaking to your child about a death in the family, it is best to avoid euphemisms such as “going to sleep,” “going away,” or “going to a better place.” No matter what your personal beliefs are about the nature of the afterlife, you first need to make it clear to your child that the recently deceased family member will not be returning or coming back to the world of the living.

If at any point before, during, or after your loved one’s funeral services, you or your child are in need of grief counseling, Skylawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park can help. To learn more about burial options and bereavement counseling, call us today at (650) 349-4411.

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