A major task for grieving families is to maintain their functionality and support stability among its members. The following are some suggestions to assist families:

  • Maintain the order of the day (such as meals and bedtimes) as much as possible.
  • Provide time to answer the children’s questions and encourage them to ask questions.
  • Be alert to some regression in younger children:
    • forgetting how to dress
    • stuttering or thumb sucking
    • clinging behavior
  • Children respond to the behavior of parents and other adults.
  • Most children over 4 years of age look forward to being included in the funeral.
  • Allow children to observe the parent’s grief.

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