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Bereavement/Grief

Bereavement/Grief

Children often experience loss, whether it is the loss of a close loved one, parent or sibling, children will experience grief. Grief reactions may vary widely according to the child’s developmental level, and are influenced by a number of factors including child temperament/personality, type of loss, emotional functioning of caregivers, family demographics & structure, as well as, additional life stressors. Grief reactions become problematic when there is prolonged depression, difficulty sleeping, change in appetite, destructive outbursts, withdrawal, acting much younger than their age, and problems with academic performance or refusal to attend school.

Helpful Websites

Children’s Bereavement Center
NYU Child Study Center
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
The Dougy Center

Books for Parents & Caregivers

The Grieving Child: A Parent’s Guide
by Helen Fitzgerald

Talking About Death
by Earl A. Grollman

Talking with Children About Loss 
by Maria Trozzi

Guiding Your Child Through Grief
by James P. Emswiler & Mary Ann Emswiler

Books for Children & Teens

Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying
by Joyce C. Mills

Sad Isn’t Bad: A Good Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss
By Michaelene Mundy

When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death
by Laurie K. Brown & Marc Brown

How it Feels When A Parent Dies
by Jill Krementz

Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers
by Earl Grollman

Downloads

Children’s Grief: Talking to Your Child About Death (Seattle Children’s Hospital)
Traumatic Grief in Military Families (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)