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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - MIND YOURSELF -

OUT­SIDE THE FAM­ILY —

Peo­ple such as foot­ball coaches or teach­ers who have in­ter­ac­tion with be­reaved chil­dren need to be aware of a be­reave­ment, and sen­si­tive to a child’s grief at par­tic­u­lar times. It’s a good idea for such a per­son to ac­knowl­edge the loss in a kind way, says Jones. And if a teacher de­cides to make Mother’s Day cards in art class, it is im­por­tant to be sen­si­tive with a child whose mother may have died, and to al­low that child to lead in mak­ing a de­ci­sion around such an event: “Un­der­stand that the child may still want to make a Mother’s Day card, be­cause he or she feels it is im­por­tant. It can be a way of ac­knowl­edg­ing that the re­la­tion­ship with the mother is still alive.”

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