EDUCATE YOURSELF —
Help yourself to help your grieving child, advises Orla Keegan. Ask yourself whether you yourself are sufficiently supported and informed to best help your child with the challenge of bereavement.
Talk to your GP, or if your loved one died in a hospice, ask the people on the team who cared for that person, or consult the ICBN website (childhoodbereavement. ie), which has comprehensive information on how to explain the different aspects of death and bereavement to children. On a practical note, she says, it may also be useful to inform yourself about available social welfare entitlements for families in the wake of bereavement.