Navigating the sad spectrum of emotions requires just as much attention, understanding, and leading as any other emotion.
The communication skills to have a healthy engagement are critically developed during the sad state.
These skills are built by encouraging the child to share words that describe their feelings. And, cultivated by you sharing the feelings you had through a similar loss in your life.
If you haven’t experienced a similar loss, then recall a loss you experienced during the same age as the child.
For example, the following: “I remember when my dog Alpo died. It was unfortunate.” Can be expanded to “I remember when my dog Alpo died. I was very sad and missed him. Especially, in the mornings when he would walk with me to my bus stop.”
You will build an environment of trust and safety for the child as they hear you share and model this type of communication through your leadership.