Parents and caregivers who share books with children after a tragedy or loss should be prepared to do the following:
- Let the characters and story help your children understand how to cope. Discuss ways to feel less anxious or nervous about what is happening.
- Be willing to answer your child’s questions simply, at their level of understanding.
- Let them know that it is normal to cry, feel scared, or want comfort during difficult times. Provide them with opportunities for that emotional closeness, as needed.
- Remind children that you, the caregiver/parent are there for them, and that you are always willing to help them when times are difficult.
- Us the power of ritual to help teach children how people in your family or social group remember those who have died.
- Encourage children to identify simple plans of action to take each day to reengage in normal activities with others.
- Help children develop simple ways to remember good things about those who have died. They might share a story, draw pictures, or remember occasions that they enjoyed with the person(s) who have died.
- Let children know they are loved and cared for. Reach out to other family members or close friends who could also support your child/ren
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