Focus on the Family

How to Help Your Child Grieve

by Candy Arrington

Grandpa Joe has terminal cancer. Great-aunt Susie is in the nursing home hospital ward. Your child's classmate just died in a car accident. Terrorist attacks and reports of wars fill the evening news …

Death is an ever-present fact of life, yet even adults face it only with difficulty. Here are some tips to help your children through the grieving process.

Children take their cues from us and model their reactions accordingly. Show them that death and grief are parts of life.