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Parenting Beyond Belief, 2nd Edition by Dale McGowan

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HELPING YOUR CHILD LIVE WITH GRIEF WITHOUT RELIGION

REBECCA HENSLER

Loss enters every child’s life eventually. Many children experience some sort of death during their youth: a pet, a relative, a classmate. Some even lose someone integral to their lives—a parent or guardian, a sibling, a cherished grandparent, a close friend or teacher—before they reach adulthood. As a parent, you want to both comfort your child through the early months of bereavement and help them learn to live with their grief as they grow up. My goal in this essay is to provide you with guidance in this area, one that often seems overwhelming to even the most confident parent.

I had supported families through this process as a school counselor, but it was not until I founded ...

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