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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