Below are various resources provided to help parents navigate conversations with their children about challenging topics.
Dealing with the Loss of a Loved One, by Fr. Eamon Tobin
Talking with Children About Difficult Subjects: Illness, Death, Violence and Disaster is an article by the NYU Child Study Center which provides some guidance for talking with your children about life’s challenges.
Helping Children Cope With Frightening News is an article by the Child Mind Institute which provides information on what parents can do to help children to process grief and fear in a healthy way.
Finding the Right Words is an article provided by the Center for Loss and Life Transition which provides guidelines on how to talk to grieving children about death.
Where there is pain, there is God: Human beings will never understand why suffering exists. But even in the midst of our pain, there is God.
No One Cries the Wrong Way, by Fr. Joe Kempf
St. Louis Children's Hospital offers the handout Developmental Stages and Grief which outlines a child’s understanding of death and the possible reactions at various stages.
And, the following organizations offer parents insights on a variety of grief-related topics:
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