Earlier in the week, Miss M came home from school with news a classmate had passed away. Miss M is a sixth grader, age 11, and has never experienced a death of a family member or friend. We discussed the topic and remembered her classmated.
Children may be especially upset and express feelings about death. These reactions are normal and typically don’t last long. You should watch your child as you may see these issues in your child:
- Excessive fear of darkness, separation or being alone
- clinging to parents
- Increase in immature behaviors
- Not wanting to go to school
- Changes in eating/sleeping behaviors
- Increase in aggressive or shy behavior
- Persistent nightmares
- headaches or other physical complaints
When a child experiences death, these 7 Tips will help you and your child deal with the death
- Talk with your child about his feelings
- Talk about what happened. Give your child she can understand.
- Reassure your child that you are safe and together. You may need to repeat this often
- Hold and Touch your child often
- spend extra time with your child at bedtime
- allow your child to mourn or grieve
- If you feel you child is having problems at school, talk with his teacher so you can work together to help your child.