The Power of Parenting: How to Help Your Child After a Parent or Caregiver Dies

This fact sheet from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), co-sponsored by New York Life, draws from the experiences of bereaved caregivers, researchers, and mental health professionals. It offers guidance on how to talk to your child after a parent or caregiver dies including, how to face new fears, how to take care of yourself, how to hold on to the old while embracing the new, how to create comforting connections, as well as how to seek additional support for children.

Population of focus: Children

Links to resource:

  • View the NCTSN fact sheet, The Power of Parenting: How to Help Your Child After a Parent or Caregiver Dies, offering guidance around helping children cope after the death of a loved one.
  • Explore a related resource for mental health providers, Childhood Traumatic Grief: Information for Mental Health Providers, which outlines how children grieve, what Childhood Traumatic Grief is, who develops Childhood Traumatic Grief, the signs a child might have Childhood Traumatic Grief, how Childhood Traumatic Grief impacts children, and what a mental health provider can do to help.
  • Access the related resource, Childhood Traumatic Grief: Information for Pediatric Providers, which offers information on why pediatric providers are important for grieving children.
  • Learn more about NCTSN and explore more of their resources.

Date: 2018

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