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Helping Children Cope With Grief

May 10, 2024

One of the toughest things to tell a child is that someone close to them has died — especially when we are grieving too. We can struggle to find the right words, and worry about how the loss will affect them. But while grief can scare and surprise us, there is no right or wrong way to grieve, or an appropriate amount of emotion to feel.

This week at, we’re offering resources on helping kids cope with grief. In a short documentary video, families open up about their own experiences with death and grief, and what’s helped them get through it. We also share advice from our experts on how to tell a child a loved one has died and whether to bring a young child to a funeral. We explain “traumatic grieving,” which affects kids whose parent has died by suicide, and specific ways to provide support. And we have advice on how to tell if a child who isn’t bouncing back might be struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder or related symptoms.

– Molly Hagan, Staff Writer | 

Related Resources

How Do I Help My Child Deal with Death and Grief?

Hear from families who have experienced death and grief and learn how to seek comfort in supportive connections.


What to Say and How to Say It

There’s no perfect way to tell children someone has died, but there are some best practices for how to do it.


Helping Kids Who Are Grieving

You can't protect your kids from the pain of loss, but you can help build healthy coping skills.


Ask An Expert: Should Children Attend Funerals?

What you should ask yourself to decide.


Coping With a Parent’s Suicide

How to help the children who are left behind.


Ask an Expert: When Grief Is Compounded

An 8-year-old experiences the death of his best friend and then a beloved uncle — how to explain multiple losses without causing fear.


Signs of Trauma in Children

What to watch for in the weeks and months after an upsetting event.


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