For children, experiencing a bereavement can often be a confusing and difficult process. When a family pet or loved one dies, there are many different ways that children show their grief, which vary from adults.
Grief and loss are amongst the common issues that children may be struggling with, where parents get in touch with our team of experienced psychologists for child counselling in Newcastle.
Our highly skilled team of child counsellors and psychologists at Newcastle Psychologist can teach children healthy coping mechanisms, to help them through their bereavement.
Although it is impossible to protect your child from the pain of loss, there are also ways that you as a parent can support them through the experience:
Listen & Answer Questions
Each child will react differently when they are told about the death of a loved one. Crying, questions, and even a minimal reaction are all normal.
Offer them comfort and try to answer their questions – if your child is young, there are many children’s books that can help you with this.
Discuss Funerals & Rituals
It is a personal choice as to whether you would like your child to attend the funeral or memorial service.
If this is something your child wishes to attend, make sure that the process is explained to them beforehand, and prepare them for what will happen.
Remember the Person Together
It is healthy to encourage your child to remember the person who has died – don’t avoid conversations about them.
This may be in the form of talking and sharing memories of them, drawing pictures, looking at photos together, or building a scrapbook.
Seek Help from Child Counsellors
If a child has been bereaved of somebody close to them, our child counselling in Newcastle will help them with the healing process.
Therapy with our experienced child counsellors will offer children another outlet for talking about their grief, and teach them healthy coping strategies.
If you would like more information about our child therapy services in Newcastle, please fill in the box below or call 07966645198 to speak to a member of our team today.
Dr Stuart Sadler
Lead Clinical Psychologist