Teens and children are experiencing the grief of loss of family members, neighbors and community members, too. Even young children know there is a new sickness and a need to protect people. Most children and teens are aware of the large numbers of deaths from COVID-19, even if it didn’t affect their family directly. It may seem very challenging to engage young people in difficult conversations, but there are creative and healthy ways to include them.
The Candle Lightings that families or groups choose to do can include young people in appropriate ways—so they can express grief, feel empathy, and show compassion themselves.