What Does Grief Look Like in Children and Teens?


How Young Children Grieve: Infancy through Elementary School

Often parents and adult family members believe that because their young children cannot understand death and grief on an adult level that young ones do not mourn the deaths of significant people in their lives. The truth is that if anyone is old to love, they are old enough to mourn. And with grief and the need to mourn in children of any age comes the need for security, reassurances that they are loved and will be taken care of, and freedom to express the grief emotions they are experiencing.

Talk with your children about the death and what they may be feeling in terms that are on their level of understanding. Use this information about grief in childhood and adolescence to provide a safe environment in which children feel supported and free to express their feelings without fear of judgment.


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About Sue Rosenbloom, M.A., CT

Thanatologist: Loss and Grief Coach - My blog is for educational purposes only. I am not a licensed professional counselor - Bachelor of Arts in Human Studies - Marylhurst University (2007)- Certificate in Thanatology - Hood College (2008) Master of Arts in Thanatology - Hood College (2009) Certificate in Thanatology - The-Association for Death Education and Counseling (The highest level of loss and grief education). * Hospice, Alzheimers and Senior's Advocate * Former first responder for Trauma Intervention Program, Inc. (TIP) * Hospice and Bereavement Volunteer for Providence Hospice Bereavement Program * Association for Death Education and Counseling Member * National Alliance for Bereavement of Children * Hood College Thanatology Association * American Group Psychotherapy Association * Marylhurst Gerontology Association * Oregon Gerontology Association * Hospice, Loss, Grief and Bereavement Researcher * Creative Writer
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