Let’s Talk…Good Grief
I learned today that two home child care providers from southwest Iowa passed away. My heart aches for their own families, the children in their care, and the families that cherished them as well. It is likely if you have been in the field for some time that you have experienced helping a child cope with grief in some way.
eXtension offers the following advice in their article Loss and Grief: Talking with Children:
- Be honest.
- Use simple language.
- It is ok to say you don’t know.
- Watch the words that you use. “I’m sorry your Grandpa died” is more clear to a child than “I’m sorry to hear you lost your Grandpa.”
- Know that preschool children might believe their thoughts or actions somehow caused the death. Help them process the real reason if needed.
Feel free to share the article with parents in this situation as it gives some suggestions for words to use with different ages.
If you have other resources to share or thoughts related to this topic, please share at http://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/childcare/grief/