We all want our students to be and feel safe! After a critical incident or death, parents may want to talk to their children about what happened. How children react will depend on the relationship they had with the person who died, their age, and their prior experience with death. If they want to talk, listen, answer their questions simply, honestly, and be prepared to answer the same questions repeatedly. Here are some more tips for talking to your child about fears and concerns.
Please do not hesitate to call your school counselor if you feel your child is exhibiting an extreme reaction to this loss. Some signs to watch for, as your student may:
- Appear unaffected
- Ask questions about the death repeatedly
- Be angry or aggressive
- Be withdrawn or moody
- Be sad or depressed
- Become afraid
- Have difficulty sleeping or eating
In addition, there are services available through Providence Grief and Loss Program
. The Sound Care Kids Grief Support groups give children 5-18 years of age and their parents an opportunity grieve the death of a loved one; share feelings, hopes, and fears in creative, experiential ways with others who understand; communicate more openly and naturally about death, and learn coping skills for adjusting to difficult changes.