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Guidance Strategies for Parents
  1. Acknowledge their feelings.  Let them know that it is normal to cry and feel sad.
  2. Respect the child's coping strategies.  Some children will want to talk about their feelings while others desire to keep to themselves.
  3. Many adolescents prefer to talk to their friends instead of their parents about their losses.  Don't take it personally!
  4. Parents need to use their best judgment when deciding if their children are old enough to attend funerals.  Many experts believe that children need to attend if they wish.  By not allowing children to attend, it could create an environment of denial that does not allow them to actively participate in the grieving process.
  5. Parents and teachers need to be flexible with schoolwork and homework assignments during the grieving period.
  6. Teachers can give the child permission to leave the room or call home when he/she gets sad.
  7. Teens and some younger children who have a history of depression, chemical dependency, or suicidal tendencies need to be closely monitored.  These children are at a higher risk for serious grief reactions.
 
Parents and teachers have to be conscious of each child's age as they help the child cope with death.  Infants and toddlers have almost no concept of death.  Preschoolers often think death is reversible.  Elementary-age children start to comprehend the finality of death.  Students in middle school understand death and they may act-out in an attempt to cope.  High school students fully grasp the meaning of death and they tend to seek out friends and family for support.
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GRIEF SUPPORT
 
The Elizabeth Hospice
(800)797-2050
(833)349-2054
 
 
If you need immediate help, please use the following numbers:
 
National Crisis Hotline: (800)448-3000
Crisis Text Line: Text "Hello" to 741741
National Suicide Hotline: (800)273-8255 or just dial 988
Trevor Project Lifeline (Available 24/7; Confidential Suicide Hotline for LGBT Youth): (866)488-7386
Emergency Situation: Call 911
 
Operation SafeHouse
Provides emergency shelter, intervention and outreach services to youth in crisis.
Phone (951)351-4418
Text (844)204-0880
 
www.up2riverside.org