Good article that looks at the process of child grief and how parents and teachers, as well as certified grief counselors should understand it.
Please also review our Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Program
The article, The Childhood Tasks Of Grieving, states
“As a natural step in the journey of life, the death of a loved one is an experience all of us must face. Sadly, many children feel the pain of loss at a very early age.
It is estimated that 20% of children will have a close loved one die before that child’s 18th birthday and 1 out of every 20 children age 15 and younger will lose either one or both parents before adulthood.
“By understanding the tasks that childhood grief performs, we can better prepare ourselves as parents to be a force of love and support.” Tweet
While we cannot prevent our children from feeling the pain of loss, we can better equip ourselves to help children cope during the grieving process.
By understanding the tasks of childhood grief, the warning signs that may indicate difficulty in processing that grief, and how we can help as adults, we can more fully prepare ourselves to be a positive and supportive force for our children during their grief journey.
The Tasks of Childhood Grief
While the pain of losing a loved one is profound, the grief that children experience does serve a constructive purpose. According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, there are 8 key tasks that are performed during the process of a child’s grieving.”
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