Children will be affected by what is going on around them at this difficult time. The school routine has changed, there is a lot in the media about the virus and they may have picked up worries and fears over elderley or vulnerable family members.
For children who have been previously been bereaved the anxiety may be worse. If you are isolating as a family this could mean that activities which may help children manage anxiety are now not available.
How you can help a grieving child
- Talk honestly about facts and emotions in an age appropriate way.
- Explain the illness is often mild and most people recover but sadly some people will die.
- It is okay to say sometimes we do not know all the answers to their questions.
- Keep to a routine – Schoolwork, mealtimes and bedtimes.
- Stay in contact with friends.
- Explain distancing measures and the importance of washing hands.
- Limit media exposure as this can be overwhelming.
Please do not struggle alone.
If you feel I can help please call me on 07828 054098 or contact me through Sandra@sandrasandraosullivan.co.uk. I can help with counselling either with a face to face, telephone or Zoom session.