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Helping Children With Loss 

How to Talk to Your Kids About Loss 

by Allison James Henry

      

"If you’ve turned on the news or been on social media recently then you’ve certainly heard about the devastating Russia-Ukraine Conflict. 

 

In some parts of the world families are experiencing it first hand with the jarring sounds of bombs and loud sirens in the background, having to relocate, or worrying about loved ones who are fighting. In other parts of the world people are holding their breath while watching the news, hoping and praying for peace, or arguing their point of view on social media. Then there are others who are triggered by the conflict and are reminded of a painful loss from their past. No matter why you’re grieving over this Russia-Ukraine Conflict, you might be feeling a range of emotions from anger and confusion to fear and a loss of safety.  

 

If you’re feeling it, your kids might be feeling it too. 

 

As a parent you probably want to shield your children from worry or heartache. Unfortunately, we can’t protect our kids from every fear or dangerous situation, but we can protect them from the pitfalls of avoiding their feelings which can negatively impact the rest of their lives. 

 

Grief is the normal and natural emotional reaction to loss or change of any kind. That includes a loss of safety. Even if the conflict isn’t impacting you personally we are all affected by what we see in our world.

 

War makes us realize how little control we have in our outward environments. But we can control the messages we give our kids. 

 

How can you best show up emotionally for your kids during times of war and armed conflict?

What an impactful article written regarding children facing war and the extreme impact it has on them, physically, mentally and emotionally. The truth is, loss doesn't just occur in times of war. In fact, there are more than 40 kinds of losses that can occur during one life time. Children tend to respond to the examples that we set for them when it comes to how to processes these losses. If you have ever felt like you are ill equipped or finding it hard to know what to do when it comes to helping children know how to face these kings of grief experiences, you are not alone. 

I would be honored to walk with you through an educational program that helps parents, teachers, care gives and those who work with children, learn tools to help them process change, loss and grief. 

1-on-1 and group sessions surrounding Helping Children with Loss, will be available starting October 2022. If you would like more information or an email sent to you when sessions are available, please complete the form below. 

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