Emotional bereavement affects a child as deeply as it does an adult and, while nothing can take away the pain of loss, there is a great deal that can be done to help children to understand and cope with the confusing thoughts and feelings they are suddenly experiencing.
This booklet addresses the many questions that arise for parents and children when someone close has died and offers practical advice on how to deal with the stages of grief and how to help children avoid the long-term distress that can be caused by hidden fears and misconceptions.
Helping Your Child Through Bereavement is the eighth in the Will our Children be Okay? series. The series is designed as a resource for parents dealing with the difficulties and joys of bringing up a family in a Christian context.
Mary P. Walsh
Mary Paula Walsh is a psychotherapist and co-founder of Turning Point, The Positive Health Centre, in Dun Laoghaire. She has been a pioneer in the development of positive and creative attitudes to illness, death and bereavement in Ireland.