help me help my 6yr old go thru grieving her dad

Jodi - posted on 12/26/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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my 6yr old d dad died very unexpectedly while he slept 12 days before Christmas 2012. Today she is still suffering the loss and cries for him daily. He was her best buddy and they hung out after work, i.e. bike riding, fishing, crafting everything. we had to move to my parent (financial) just one month after his death. We both are in a grief group twice a month. Nothing seems to work. She has an older sister by 20 yrs. who has a d. the two of them (aunt and niece) we together since birth and they moved to another State 6 months after her dads death. They Skype weekly, but this too has seemed like another loss for her. I do all I can for her and play with her a lot etc. but it is never enough. What more can I do? Any idea's?. it's hard to see your child suffering with so much "missing" pains. I am open for suggestions thanks

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Jodi - posted on 12/26/2013

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Thank you I have just 1.5 weeks ago put her into the public school here. She was in a very small priv. school and I feel too she needs more socialization with children her age. Unfortunately I am an older mom and my friends children are all grown and I do not know anyone I mean ANYONE with children. So it is her and I! I hope that she makes friends soon after school resumes. She is so negative now its awful negative in the sense she is not mean by no means negative as in she has lost her self confidence and fears no one will like her as well as has become very shy. She use to be so out going confident and sparkled with life. Its been very hard. I must say too I am no social butterfly, but I am trying but don't know where to go. I take her to the library to the local park etc. but we have not found any new friends!

Vivienne Frances - posted on 12/26/2013

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Firstly,sooo sorry for your loss,it must be sooo hard for you both.My kids lost their Uncle tragically in 2012,so sort of know what it's like.Are there any young school friends/or neighbourhood girls same age that maybe you could arrange to come spend time with her,sleepovers and stuff at all in your area?you could talk to the parents and fill them in on situation,most parents these days are really understanding,sounds like she needs something more to take her mind off a bit and ease some of pain.I really feel for you as you must still be hurting also.She sounds like a beautiful,sensitive child,and I wish you both all the best.

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