FAMILY IS BEST —
Families are the best support system for children struggling to cope with bereavement, Jones believes. “Most children can deal with their bereavement if they receive good family support,” she says, adding that you should be prepared to discuss the difficult emotions a child may be experiencing as a result of the loss. “Often a bereaved child can be challenged by emotions that people would not normally be dealing with until they are older,” she says, adding that it can help children to have something that has belonged to the person who has died. Encourage them to create a memory box, or to put these items in a special place in their bedroom, she suggests.