35 Ways to Help a Grieving Child

35 Ways to Help a Grieving Child

by Dougy Center
     
 

Since 1983, The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families has provided loving support in a safe place where children, teens and their families grieving a death can share their experiences as they move through their healing process. Based in Portland, Oregon, The Dougy Center works regionally, nationally and internationally to provide support and training to… See more details below

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Since 1983, The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families has provided loving support in a safe place where children, teens and their families grieving a death can share their experiences as they move through their healing process. Based in Portland, Oregon, The Dougy Center works regionally, nationally and internationally to provide support and training to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief. The Dougy Center is supported solely through private support from individuals, foundations and companies, and receives no state or federal funding. The Dougy Center does not charge a fee for its services. Excerpted from 35 Ways to Help a Grieving Child by Dougy Center Staff, The Dougy Center for Grieving Child. Copyright c 1999. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Listen. After a death, many children want to share their story. They may want to tell you what happened, where they were when they were told about the death, and what it was like for them. Telling their story is a healing experience. One of the best ways adults can help young grievers is to listen to their stories. As adults, we're often too quick to offer advice, give opinions and make judgments. We think we know what's best for our children, and we want to make sure they get the right information. But while we're busy talking, sometimes we miss important messages from children about what they need and how we can best help them. Suggestions for being a good listener: Don't give advice or make judgments. Reflect back what the child said using the child's words. Paraphrase the child's words. Ask clarifying questions. Here's an example of a child's statement and adult responses using the above suggestions: Child- "My daddy died in a plane crash. At first, I was sad. But then I was so angry when I found out they let him fly when it was a storm. I yelled at the guy from the airline. I hate him." Don't: Give advice or make judg

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781890534035
Publisher:
Dougy Center, The
Publication date:
11/01/1999
Series:
Guidebook Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
51
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.16(d)

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