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Bereavement

How To Help Children And Youth That Are Grieving The Death Of Family Member

Death of a family member is extremely difficult and painful for children & youth, even if they appear calm about it. Their whole world has changed. A great deal of confusion and fear are created. This can slow or even stop physical, intellectual and social development. Trust and hope and being able to truly relax can become extremely difficult. Left unsupported, bereavement can lead to physical, emotional, social, and success challenges in adult life. Even though there may be no logical explanation for it, the child or youth may feel responsible for the loved one’s death. Expression of grief is essential for effective mental health.

First, We Would Investigate

Second, We Would Investigate

For Long Term Support
We Would Investigate

  • Attitudinal Healing
  • Parental Support
  • Massage
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Flower Essences
  • Aromatherapy
  • Ayurveda
  • Homeopathy
  • Herbology
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Wilderness Therapy
  • Independent Study
  • Aikido
  • Aromatherapy
  • Homeopathy
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Flower Essences

On Our Own We Would Try: • Wholesome Pleasures • Long Walks/Hikes • Nature • Pets • Bedtime Stories and Chats • Back Rubs and Foot Massages • Replace sodas, juices, sugars, fats, fast foods with water, veggies, whole grains, nuts, protein, fruit, slow food • Less or No TV, Movies, Video/Computer Games

For Parents: • Get help grieving and suffering the loss so that you can give the child or youth the support they need. Avoid seeking support from your child or youth. • Don’t rush grieving. • Seek out local organizations which can help with grieving and loss, such as hospice organizations.

Check out: www.MedLinePlus.gov; www.KidsHealth.org; www.traumasoma.com/index.shtml (very technical); www.acestudy.org; www.bbc.co.uk/relationships/coping_with_grief/bereavement_effectschildren.shtml.

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