Children and Grief

CHALLENGES OF GRIEVING CHILDREN

  • Re –establish a sense of safety and mastery
  • Understand the death
  • Grieve the death
  • Forge new connections with the deceased
  • Re-enter the normal developmental process

OVERVIEW OF HOW CHILDREN GRIEVE

  • Their grief reflects their current level of development
  • Children regress after a significant death
  • Children grieve in the middle of everyday life
  • They grieve in intense “episodes”
  • Kids express their grief in their actions
  • Kids re-grieve when life changes significantly for them
  • Children postpone some or all of their grief

– From Guiding Your Child Through Grief
   By Emswiler & Emswiler. Bantam, 2000

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