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The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving by MS. Debra Holland

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chapter 19

Children and Grief

Developmental differences

Helping children understand bereavement

Helping kids cope with the funeral

Confiding in trusted adults

Grief from divorce

Children grieve, and children are affected by the grief of their family members. Children grieve the death of relatives and other people who are important to them. They grieve when they have to move. They grieve when their parents divorce. They grieve the loss of a pet. All of these situations can be emotionally damaging to the child. How the parent(s) prepares them for the loss and helps them cope afterward makes a big difference in their resiliency. The grief of children isn’t necessarily going to look like the grief of adults. It’s important to know how children ...

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