Compassionate care can make a tremendous impact in a child's life; this is ever truer when the child is grieving. Distinguished grief specialist Harold Ivan Smith explains how adults can best help children who are mourning the death of a loved one. They need support and time to grieve. With an ABC-like approach, Smith offers insights and activities for the parent, teacher, or friend who wants to give their support. This new and revised edition will help you help a hurting child grieve through healthy and necessary outlets.
Helping a grieving child.
Acts of caring and compassion can make all the difference in a grieving child’s life. Adults can often worry about saying and doing the right thing, too often giving children quick answers instead of the support they really need.Widely-recognized grief specialist Harold Ivan Smith explains that quick answers are not what children need when they are grieving. They need support, and most of all they need to be allowed to grieve-for as long as it takes.With an ABC-like approach, Smith offers insights and activities for the parent, teacher, or friend-anyone that loves a child and wants to offer his or her support. This new and revised edition of When a Child You Love is Grieving will help ensure that the child is receiving the healthy and necessary outlets during the loss of a loved one.
Harold Ivan Smith is a popular speaker and grief educator. He received a doctorate of pastoral care from Rice Seminary and a doctorate of spiritual formation from Asbury Theological Seminary. Smith has published more than 30 books and numerous articles, including A Decembered Grief and When Your People Are Grieving (Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City).