LISTENING TO CHILDREN AFTER A DEATH

One of the most precious gifts you can give to a child who is grieving is the gift of your ears.

    1Be Like an AM/FM Radio — it’s purpose is to receive signal from the station. It does not…

  • Talk
  • Judge
  • Correct
  • Evaluate
  • Fix
  • Soothe
  • Give orders
  • Give advice

2Be Like a Mirror — it’s purpose is to reflect the image of the person standing in front of it.

  • Step A: Absorb what the child says. (Listen!)
  • Step B: Repeat back word-for-word what the child has said.
  • Step C: Repeat back using similar words to those of the child.
  • Step D: Use your own words to interpret what the child has said.