Though holidays like Father's and Mother's Day and are reasons for celebration for many, for others, they can also serve as a poignant reminder of loss. Grief is one of those issues that’s too often spoken about in hushed tones or pushed to the side—especially when it comes to children.
The New York Life Foundation focuses on helping children who are experiencing grief. To help families and educators assist those children who might find all the attention on both Mother’s Day to be painful, the Foundation partners with bereavement experts, such as Irwin Sandler, to provide tips on how best to support grieving children these holidays.
Read Irwin's article on "How to Support Your Grieving Children on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day" in U.S. News & World Report here.
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There is no one way to spend the holiday.
Recognize that each child is grieving in their own way.
Share memories, rituals, and feelings.
Listen: The discussions leading up to and during the holiday provide an opportunity to listen to each other.