The Magic of Memories
By Dianne McKissock
Narrated by Henri Szeps
These stories are based on real experiences of bereaved
children and their families who have received support at ‘A Friend’s
address common fears and needs of bereaved children, no matter
how the death occurred.
Children’s grief is often misunderstood
or overlooked. At times, in our attempts to protect children
we love from the harsh realities of life, we may avoid talking
openly about painful subjects, especially dying and death.
Children need access
to truth, and they need to be included in whatever grief (and joy)
important adults in their life are experiencing. They need opportunities
to be involved in significant family rituals in ways that allow them
to express valued aspects of themselves and their relationships.
They can handle truth, as long as it is delivered compassionately,
in language they can understand. However, there is one important
aspect of this process that we should be mindful of – ALWAYS
ask first what the child understands about the event or situation.
If we fail to do this, we may answer questions they are not really
asking, or patronise them by explaining something they have known
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