Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 4814 Let them choose keepsakes and mementos Children often like to keep objects that belonged to the person who died or that had some significance to them. Consider making copies of photos for young children so that they can carry them around without damaging the originals. Rather than guess what keepsakes, clothing, or pictures a child might like, ask which ones are important to them. If the child doesn’t feel up to choosing keepsakes yet, you can put items in a box for them to go through once they are ready. Make time for play and relaxation Make sure children get a break from the seriousness of grief, and give them opportunities to have fun. If you do not feel up to playing yet, consider asking a relative or family friend to play with your child. When you’re able to, join your child in these times of recreation and creativity. Seeing you play and have fun can reassure your child that your family is going to be okay. Teens, too, need time to relax, listen to music, be with their friends, or be by themselves. Encourage them to keep up with extracurricular activities that they’re good at, such as sports, band, etc. These types of activities tend to be the first to fall by the wayside after a loss, but it’s important for teens to feel successful at something they enjoy. MAINTAINING AN OPEN DIALOGUE Open and truthful communication in the days, months, and years that follow a suicide loss will help children continue to process and make meaning of the death. It’s normal for children to have a lot of questions, and for young children in particular to ask the same ones repeatedly. This doesn’t mean you’re doing a bad job of explaining. Death is a hard concept for anyone to understand, especially for a child who hasn’t experienced a loss before. Over time, their questions may change, and the answers you provide may take on new meaning.