Many young widows are tempted to put their own grief on hold in order to focus on their kids' needs. However, one of the things that kids need most when they're grappling with loss is the opportunity to talk openly about what they're feeling and experiencing. So as much as you might want to shelve your own feelings when your kids are around, remember that witnessing your experience with grief is actually important to their recovery.
This doesn't mean that you should never restrain yourself, but it does mean that you shouldn't go overboard in an attempt to shield them from your pain. For more tips on dealing with loss, read Tips for Young Widows Raising Children: 10 Dos and Don'ts.
More on Grief and Loss:
- Stages of Grief in Children
- 5 Things Your Kids Need From You Right Now
- Child Custody Following the Death of a Parent
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