Share your feelings.
It may take some time before your child wants to talk about what happened. He may try to spare you and others by keeping his feelings inside. Create a time and place for sharing and talking each day. For example, at bedtime, you might sit with him and say, “I’m feeling ______. How are you feeling?”
Using dolls and puppets, make up stories and act out feelings with your child.
Communicate on paper.
Drawing pictures is a great way for younger children to communicate. For older children, writing in a journal may be helpful.
Even during the grief process, not all feelings may be painful ones. Your child might still enjoy playing with his favorite toys or laughing at silly jokes.
Take time to listen.
Truly listening to your child will help you know where to lead the conversation. While you can’t take away those difficult thoughts and feelings, you can make sure your child knows that you’re listening.