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Children & Grief: 7 Ways to Help

Grieving family walking through a cemetery with childrenGrief is a natural and necessary part of life, but it can be especially difficult for children to process. As parents and caregivers, it is our responsibility to help children understand and cope with the loss of a loved one. At Foothill Funeral in Glendora, California, we understand how important it is to provide support to families during this difficult time. Here are some tips on how to help children process grief:

  1. Be Honest and Open With Kids Who Are Grievingone sad little boy standing near the window at the day time. Concept of sorrow.

    It is important to be honest with children about what has happened. Use age-appropriate language and answer their questions truthfully. Avoid euphemisms like “they went to sleep” or “they’re on a trip,” as this can confuse and create more anxiety for the child.

  2. Allow Children to Express their Feelings

    Illustration of a Kid Boy with a Pencil and Paper, with Different Doodles, Writing a JournalChildren may not know how to express their feelings verbally, but they may draw or write in a journal. Encourage them to express themselves in whatever way they feel comfortable. Let them know it is okay to feel sad, angry, confused, or any other emotion they may be experiencing.

  3. Provide Comfort to Grieving Children

    Offer hugs, a listening ear, and a shoulder to cry on. Sometimes, just being present and available can make a big difference. Try to maintain their regular routine as much as possible, as it provides a sense of stability during a time of upheaval.child with backpack in depression is sitting on the floor doesn't want back to school

  4. Help Children Share Memories

    Sharing happy memories of the loved one who has passed away can help children feel connected and keep their memory alive. Look at photos, tell stories, or create a memory book or scrapbook together.

  5. Seek Support

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    Don’t be afraid to seek support from others, whether it be friends, family members, or professionals. Grief can be overwhelming, and it is okay to ask for help. At Foothill Funeral, we offer grief support groups and counseling services for families in our community.

  6. Be Patient with Grieving Kids

    Grief is a process which takes time. Don’t rush children through their feelings or expect them to “move on” before they are ready. Allow them to grieve in their own way and at their own pace.

  7. Take Care of Yourself & Your Grieving KidsBlack and white portrait of sad teenage girl on dark background

    It is important to take care of yourself as well during this time. Children pick up on their caregiver’s emotions. So, it is important to model healthy coping mechanisms. Take breaks when needed, seek support for yourself, and practice self-care.

Losing a loved one is never easy, but by providing support and understanding, we can help children process grief in a healthy way. At Foothill Funeral, we are here to provide support and guidance during this difficult time. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need assistance.

Sad little child, blond boy, standing in the rain on cemetery, sad person, mourning, summer rainy dayAbout Foothill Funeral & Cremation in Glendora, California

Funeral directing is a unique job. The reason we enjoy it is because we love helping families during their time of need. Drop by our Glendora showroom any time. In Covina, our relationship with Sacred Heart Chapel is the perfect place for mourners to host funerals and memorial services in a grandiose yet intimate setting. We proudly serve the San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Basin, Orange County, and the Inland Empire. Working in the mortuary industry since 1996, we have worked hard to build a reputation of quality, sincerity, and trust. Please allow us to help you at your time of need or in the future. Call today (626) 335-0615 or drop by our showroom.

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