TALK OPENLY AND ENCOURAGE SELF-EXPRESSION
Talk openly about feelings and tell the child that having different or confusing emotions is normal. Make sure they know it’s okay to feel said, angry, or upset. Encourage the child to ask questions and answer them honestly. You can give a child a creative outlet to work out his or her feelings in addition to talking. Encourage younger children to draw pictures or paint and older children to write in a journal, craft a poem, or plan a musical instrument.
ALLOW A CHILD TO SAY GOODBYE
Try to find a meaningful way for a child to gain closure on a death. Suggest that he or she draw a picture of a happy memory, make a craft, bring a meaningful object, or pick out some flowers to share at a funeral or cemetery service.
Additionally, there are some videos available online that can help you as you engage children in a meaningful conversation about death, grief and loss. Here are a few resources that you may find helpful: