Sad article about helping children grieve and remember a lost parent on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
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The article, How to Support Your Grieving Children on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, by Irwin Sandler states,
“AS WE APPROACH MOTHER’S Day this weekend and with Father’s Day coming up next month, it’s important to remember that for some, this is a very painful time of year. For children who have lost a parent, holiday celebrations focused on the presence of mothers and fathers can evoke poignant memories and stir up strong feelings of grief, loss and alienation.
A recent survey from the New York Life Foundation attests to the challenges these holidays pose for grieving children. Seventy-five percent, or 3 of 4 people who have lost a parent growing up say that they wish there was greater sensitivity towards bereaved individuals around Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
Parents who have lost a partner will often be facing intensified grief of their own during these holidays. But it’s critical to engage and extend support to your children at this time – to the benefit of the whole family. Based on my experience researching and engaging with bereaved families, the quality of support that children receive from their surviving parent after the death is one of the strongest predictors of their ability to cope over time.”
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