Death and Dying in Children
Losing a child is very painful and hard for a family.
Grieving parents may have a hard time meeting the needs of surviving children
Sometimes, parents quickly have another child to “replace” the child who has died—in these situations, parents may be overprotective of the new child or have a hard time bonding
Counseling may be helpful
There may be a support group in your community for parents who have lost a child
If your child becomes very sad or withdrawn, stops taking part in activities, or acts out, have the child see a counselor for help.
This is a personal decision. If children attend a funeral, have someone with them who can focus on their needs and let them leave if they want.
Tell children it's all right to ask questions about death and dying.
Give children a way to help. They can: