Tips for Handling Grief
Tips for Handling Grief
  • Strongly consider limiting exposure to the media. Repeatedly watching scenes of or hearing about violence can cause more anxiety in children.
  • Explain the event calmly. Even young children will sense something’s wrong. 
  • Demonstrate concern for the well-being of the bereaved
  • Explain at your child’s age level. For example, give fewer details for younger children. 
  • Because a student loss is usually sudden and unexpected
    • Reaction is much more intense
    • There is greater stress, with the addition of guilt and added confusion and anger
    • Grief does not follow a linear path, and it does not always move in a forward direction
    • There is no time frame for grief
    • Adolescents look to adults in their lives in times of tragedy for modeling!
  • Be honest. But, try not to add your own fears to your child’s. Admit it if you don’t have answers to questions.
  • Help your child feel safe. 
  • Help your child express feelings. Ask about and listen to your child’s thoughts and feelings. Don’t criticize. Let him or her know it’s normal to be upset.
  • Don’t force the discussion or bring up the topic too much.
  • Help your child stay healthy. Make sure your child eats right and gets enough rest and physical activity. These things can help people of all ages cope with stress.

Parent Resources for Handling Grief

Denton County MHMR Center
2519 Scripture
P.O. Box 2346
Denton, Tx. 76202
940-381-5000

The Warm Place
809 Lipscomb Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104-3121
817 / 870-2272

Jennifer Smith
MCOT Program Manager for Tarrant County
Director of Crisis Services
(817)569-4405
(817)228-9271.
Jennifer.Smith@mhmrtc.org

Lezlie Culver
The Loss Team Coordinator for Tarrant County
(817)733-9123
lossteam@mhatc.org

Charlie Martin
Suicide Prevention Coordinator at Helen Farabee (Wise County MHMR)
940-696-6106 / (800) 669-4166
MartinC@helenfarabee.org

Sundance Hospital & Sundance Center of Arlington
7100 US Hwy. 287 Suite 100
Arlington, TX 76001
817-583-8038

Website Listing of Counseling in Fort Worth Area
http://www.theravive.com/cities/tx/counseling-fort-worth.aspx