How to Talk To Kids about Grief and Loss

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“Jesus wept.” (John 11:35)

These two words show Jesus cutting to the heart of humanity. This shortest verse in the Bible points us to Christ’s humanity and empathy. As parents, grandparents, pastors, teachers, neighbors, aunts, uncles and friends, have you considered how these two weighty words seek to minister to the heart of children?

Jesus wept alongside Martha and Mary when he came upon Lazarus, who had died. Christ knew that he would, in mere moments, raise Lazarus from the dead. He also knew that death, for the faithful, is a blessing. Yet he did not meet the grieving with cold knowledge, but with emotion. His shedding of tears showed Martha, Mary and the others present that they were not alone in their grief.

Children, too, experience grief and loss. Perhaps it’s the loss of a pet, or maybe the loss of a loved one. How can we take on Christ’s model of caring, empathy and sympathy as we speak to children about grief and loss? Here are a couple of suggestions. …Read More.