What Kids Need To Know About Grief

The Other Talk

Childhood is supposed to be full of fun and imagination and laughter. Sadly, the carefree existence of some children is jarringly interrupted by the death of someone close to them, and the youngsters must find a way to cope. Adults around those children often feel at a loss for how to help such young minds process losses that are difficult even for grown-ups to handle.

Former grief counselor Lenny Granger can help. Granger offers strategies for parents and others that can help children manage the grieving process on their own developmental level.

Granger will tell listeners:

  • Don’t think children won’t know someone has died if they are not told. They can sense from the behavior of the adults around them that something traumatic has happened.
  • Make sure the children know they are not alone and that adults are available to help them.
  • Offer constructive – or at least non-destructive – outlets for children’s anger. Provide old newspapers for grieving children to tear up, for example.
  • Do things with the children to honor their deceased loved ones: rent and watch a movie the child liked to watch with the person who died; create together a meal the deceased person enjoyed.

CREDENTIALS: Lenny Granger is the author of A BRIGHT AND SHINING MORNING, a book that talks about the loss of loved ones through the eyes of children and aims to help children cope with the hurt and pain caused by death. Granger is a former children’s grief counselor in northern Virginia and writer-in-residence at Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. A former college English teacher, Granger holds a master’s degree in creative writing.

AVAILABILITY: Washington state, nationwide by arrangement and telephone
CONTACT: Lenny Granger, (253) 531-2640; missgranger@att.net

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