Parenting a Grieving Child


It’s a safe bet that you weren’t a perfect parent before. With the added demands of being the only or primary caregiver in the home, you’re certainly not going to be one now.

The good news is, you don’t have to be.

Children don’t need perfect parents — even ones that are grieving. You’re expected and allowed to make missteps along the way. You don’t have to always know the right thing to say or get it right all the time.

Grieving families cope best when surviving parents set fair expectations for themselves while also being present and attentive to their children’s needs during this difficult time.

In this section, we offer guidelines for understanding your children’s grief, facilitating their healing, and connecting with resources in the community.