A few summers ago, our family lost six people and our children attended no less than three funerals.
To say the summer was challenging and heart-breaking is a vast understatement. At seemingly every turn, we were bombarded with deep thoughts, hard questions, and unpredictable emotions.
If God loves us, why did He let Nani die?
Since her father died, does that mean Dad will die when I’m young, too?
She was such a good person. Why didn’t God choose to save her?
How come some people are able to overcome addiction, but others give back into it?
No matter the type of loss or the depth of grief associated with it, kids need ways to cope. It can be overwhelming to think of helping our kids at the same time we are managing our own grief. The airplane-oxygen mask analogy is overused, but only because it’s applicable in so many situations. We can’t truly help our kids through their grief if we are unwilling to help ourselves through our own. Thus, if you’re grieving the same loss as your kids, you must make sure you have your own support system in place.
Here are 8 ways to help your kids through a season of loss:
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