Helping Kids Through Grief
Wolraich says while cultural traditions and family wishes should be respected, it is generally recommended that children under 5 or 6 not attend wakes or funerals. However, children of all ages should be encouraged to commemorate the loss in some manner, such as drawing pictures or planting a tree in the individual's memory.
To aid the grieving process, child psychology experts recommend the following books:
- The Dead Bird, by Margaret Wise-Brown (for ages 3 to 5);
- When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death, by Laurene Krasny Brown and Marc Brown (for ages 4 to 8);
- The Magic Moth, by Virginia Lee (for ages 10 to 12);
- Beat the Turtle Drum, by Constance C. Greene (for ages 10 to 14).