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ReferenceBelow are some suggestions on how, you as a parent may explain to your children that their sibling has passed. 1. Being aware of the imminent death gives an opportunity to communicate as a family about the upcoming difficult situation. Communicating openly as a family will help prepare you, your spouse, and your children for the time to come. This opportunity affords the children to ask questions and start the process of acceptance. This will not prepare them for the actual loss but it will at least help them understandit (Thompson, 2009).2. It is important to keep in mind the children’s ages and mindset when communing this information to them. For younger children, they are going to have a more difficult time understanding. It may be beneficial to read them a story and describe it to them in basic terms, even making a comparison to the storyand your own family situation. For older children, it isgoing to be beneficial to be as straightforward as possible, keeping in mind that they’re still children and are vulnerable (Thompson, 2009).3. Encourage your children to explain their existing knowledge about death, sometimes even younger children may know more than you have anticipated. Ensure to them that death is common occurrence and it is not meant to be good, but it does not mean that they will die any time soon (Thompson, 2009).
Running head: Column for the Towne Journal3Thompson, R. H. (2009). The handbook of child life: A guide for pediatric psychosocial care. Spring-field, IL: Charles C. Thomas.