“Coping with Grief,” Ensign, March 2018
When someone we love dies, it can be hard to explain that loss to a child. But children are not too young to grieve or know that their lives will be altered by the death of someone they love. They also aren’t too young to feel the peace and comfort provided by the Holy Ghost and God’s plan.
Because of Heavenly Father’s plan of salvation and the Savior’s Atonement, we have hope that we’ll see our loved ones again. But that doesn’t make us not miss them now.
Some important things to know are that there’s no one right way to feel and that the grief will most likely resurface as children grow older. You can use these materials from the Friend to help children through the grieving process or to help them understand the grief of a friend or loved one.
Luis learns that his baby brother will die soon. His parents explain that Heavenly Father has made it possible for Luis to see his brother again. Knowing this doesn’t take away the sad feelings, but Luis finds comfort in realizing that death is not the end.
Learn this beautiful song about the Savior’s Atonement. Talk with your children about how the Savior can help us through any hard thing in our lives.
After Grandpa dies, it’s hard for Jacob to do the old traditions they shared. Read the sidebar “When Someone We Love Dies” to learn more about grief. If you haven’t had someone close to you die, you can use the tips in the sidebar to help you and your children reach out to those who have.