Children and grief
Experiencing loss in our lives starts at birth. From the loss of a special toy or blanket to the loss of familiar persons leaving the room for a short time, we all experience separation and pain.
Children feel emotions as deeply as adults but will express their thoughts and feelings in different ways such as drawing, play and behaviour.
They will often show us how they will best cope with their grief, especially if given the respect and opportunity to do so.
Children at different various ages may understand and respond quite differently.
For example, a child around the age of three to five years may say “grandma died today in hospital but she is coming around on Sunday to take me to the park so we will see her”.
An older child may say very little but the grief may be expressed as nightmares or fear for their family.
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