Helping kids through grief

March 10, 2008 8:34:54 PM PDT
Knowing how to talk to children about loss is difficult; whether it's a death in the family, the loss of a pet, or a best friend who moves away. Here with tips on how to help your children and yourself through these sensitive issues is Diablo Magazine contributing parenting columnist Susan Kohl.

To read Susan Kohl's article, "The Age of Innocence" featured in this month's Diablo Magazine go to:

Getting Help:
Center for Grief and Loss: Provides support groups for children ages four to 18, along with a parent or caregiver in Pleasant Hill.
Phone: (925) 887-5178

Contra Costa Crisis Center Provides support gourps for school-age children and teens.
Walnut Creek, (800) 837-1818

  1. Acknowledge even small losses
  2. Listen to thoughts and feelings
  3. Set up support systems
  4. Learn about developmental stages and grief
  5. Work on memory projects