Unfortunately, children of all ages are exposed to death, whether a distant relative, immediate family member, friend or even a pet. Often, parents feel unprepared and overwhelmed when faced with talking to their children about death — particularly young children. Having knowledge of children’s understanding and reactions to loss can be a helpful when attempting to care for and support a grieving child. Early conversations about loss offer opportunities to teach about death as part of the life cycle, and to set a foundation for children’s understanding that all living things have a beginning and an end.
The following tools may be used as a guide to help you to begin talking with your children about death.
These provide an opportunity for kids to express feelings, learn ways to cope, remember their special person who died, meet other kids who have also experienced loss and have fun.
A three day bereavement day camp for children ages 6-14 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Camp is expressive in nature and led by experienced facilitators in art, music, play and nature activities. Call Karen at 216.486.6042 for information and registration materials.
A one day bereavement camp at Thousand Trails Campground in Ashtabula for children ages 6-14.
Offered in collaboration with Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center and is for children ages 8-12 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Through riding and working with horses, campers explore grief issues supported by trained counselors.
Click here to find our Grief Discussion Groups, a forum where you can share your stories, express your feelings and receive coping tips from others who are grieving and the professionals at the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center.