The VNA of Hanover & Spring Grove extends their deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one. We would like to be able to help you walk through your grief, at your own pace. We will be glad to help you in any way that we can. Please feel free to contact us by calling: 717-637-1227 or 1-800-422-3197.
Death is a crisis which should be shared by all members of the family. Children are too often forgotten by grieving adults. Silence and secrecy deprive them of an important opportunity to share grief. When, in our understandable heartache, we overlook their feelings, we heighten their sense of isolation. Reality is replaced with psychological defenses. The youngsters need our help to sort out their emotions. When we discuss issues with our children openly, we enable them to live more freely.
Too often the feelings and perspectives of youngsters are overlooked because of the false assumption that young people are just too sensitive and cannot possibly cope with this difficult subject. Yet, in reality, children are confronted with death on a daily basis: in word and song, in the natural world of plants and animals, among their family and friends, and in the news media.
Good mental health results, not the denial of tragedy, but from the frank acknowledgment of painful separation. One of the worst difficulties is youngsters’ lack of understanding because of adult secrecy.
Remember—”a person is a person, no matter how small!”
by Rabbi Earl A. Grollman
More Resources on Grief and Loss:
- Learn about the 5 most common myths about grief
- Ten strategies to help you cope with grief and loss
- How to help children who are grieving
- Help with anticipatory grief
- Do’s and Don’ts – How to help someone who is grieving
- Local support groups
- Suicide awareness and prevention