Helping Children After Tragedy
Reassure: Using routine and structure to reassure children they will be all right, you are all right, and things in their world will continue. Remind them of the people that take care of them and how to get help.
Encourage expression: Children may more easily express their thoughts and feelings in pictures, music, play and poems. Be careful not to press for details but rather validate how they feel and problem solve ways to feel better.
Ever since my time at A Caring Hand I always encourage people to talk about what makes them sad. I think verbalizing your feelings is especially important when it’s about something as confusing as death. Without A Caring Hand I don’t know when I would have come to that realization.