I have 3 children who lost their grandfather on Aug. 27, 2008. They spent more time with him in the last couple months of his life than ever before so I had to share some of the memories I had as a child to help them to understand that this is not how he always was. As I knew he wasn't going to make it too much longer I wanted them to have memories of their own with him as well. Even though we knew he was going to die it didn't lessen the pain when he did, but it did give me the opportunity to give them comfort from the Bible. Revelation 21:4 speaks of the resurrection hope as it reads, "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." So until the time comes when God brings an end to sickness and death and resurrects our dead loved ones, you can strengthen your child's hope as well as yours with comfort through the scriptures.
Hi Angela, I'm new to this group but I read your post. I live in Muskegon, MI and I have attended a grief support group in my area for a year now. The group does offer grief support for children. In fact this past summer they had a camp for children to attend. The services I used is called V.N.S Visiting Nurse Services and Hospice PH# 231-726-5025 - Toll free (800)-499-5025 and www.vns-muskegon.org. They have been a great help to me and my father after the loss of my mother last Sept.'08. I don't know what city you live in but if you contact them they may be able to direct you to someone in your area.
Good Luck and God Bless you and your family,
hi Angela, I also have young children at home that are dealing with a death in our family. they were very close with my Dad, who passed away last winter. the 7 year old and 9 year old have coped pretty well, but my 12 year old daughter has had a very rough time . it got to the point that she was affected in other areas, and had no friends who could understand what she was going through. I did find several teen grief groups through local hospitals, and that has helped somewhat. I am giving her a little more time , but may need to look into private counseling for her down the road. She has always been very mature and sensitive for her age, I knew this was going to be a tough time for her when the day came she lost a grandparent. She will talk with me sometimes, but I can tell she worries about upsetting me as I am still grieving myself. I think finding a group of others your daughters age would a good starting point- take care, and I am sorry for your familys loss.....jen