I recently decided to volunteer with the organization Tides, a group that provides emotional and social support for children who have lost a parent. I was particularly struck by the number of children I interacted with who had lost a parent at such a young age. It is especially difficult for these children in the arrival of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to cope with such a loss.
Whatever the manner in which our child is grieving, we as parents need to reinforce that there’s no right or wrong way to grieve. Here are some ideas to consider when approaching the subject of death of a parent with them: