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How to Help a Grieving Child

How to Help a Grieving Child

How to Help a Grieving Child By Marcia Hall   As too many adults now know, children are not always safe from harm, and they are definitely not safe from grief.  Grief for a child comes in many forms and for many reasons.  Sometimes it can be triggered by a horrific event, like a school shooting, even though the child did not personally know anyone lost.  Other times it’s triggered by something closer to home, where the child loses someone they knew well and cared about.  More often, however, grief for a child is triggered by the little things that

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Children and Coping in Grief Recovery

Children and Coping in Grief Recovery

Newtown Kids and Coping in Grief Recovery Grief recovery is sometimes easier on children.  Children and Coping in Grief Recovery is different from adults.  The biggest concern during this grieving period is that adults understand that children cope differently and to allow them to express themselves. Foxnews.com writes in the article “Experts: Kids Are Resilient In Coping With Trauma” relates how children cope with trauma. To read the article, please click here We need to take our time and give special considerations when dealing with child grief.   Many concepts that seem trivial or not important could mean a lot to

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After Trauma, Child Grief Counseling

After Trauma, Child Grief Counseling

Training in Child Grief Counseling:  Knowing the Signs of Grief in Your Child Since the tragedy of Newtown, many parents are dealt the task of talking to their children about the trauma of the Newtown shooting.  The task of reassurance and the recognition of fear in their child is a top task.  The children of Newtown especially need an observant parent to spot signs of grief which could turn complicated if necessary steps are not taken. Child grief counseling may be an important step for many children in recovering. PBS NewsHour addresses the issue of recognizing child grief especially after

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Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling at School

Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling at School

Grief Counselors Can Help Children at School Grieve Tragic Accidents In previous blogs we discussed how children react to the loss of a classmate.  The article below talks about these ideas in action when an unfortunate summer accident led to the loss of a classmate for the entire school.  Grief Counselors who specialize in child grief were called upon the scene. Sarah Baraba of Suburban Journals describes the story in her article, “Grief Counselors Help Students Cope with Loss in Classroom”. Rogers Middle School students returning for the new school year were met with familiar faces of teachers and peers,

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Child Grief Recovery – Should My Child Attend the Funeral?

Child Grief Recovery – Should My Child Attend the Funeral?

Yes! Your Child Should Attend the Funeral One of the most disenfranchised griefs is that of a child.  Adults do not treat childrens’ grief as a serious and legitimate concern and in many cases discount their needs.  One such discounting is preventing the child from saying a final “goodbye”.  Well intentioned adults frequently leave children at home during a funeral.  This is even the case when the person who died was a primary caregiver to the child.  It is important for a child to attend the funeral of a loved one for the child grief recovery, but a few things

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Helping Infants and Toddlers Heal From Grief – Child Grief Education

Helping Infants and Toddlers Heal From Grief – Child Grief Education

Child Grief Education: How Do I Help a Grieving Baby? Even though a baby may not be as mentally developed as a child or adult, a baby can still grieve.  In past articles, we discussed attachment disorders that can result from poor parenting and bond forming.  Since a baby can form bonds and love, a baby can also grieve.  It saddens many to think of a grieving baby, but when a baby loses his mother or father or any primary caregiver, the baby will grieve. In regards to infants, grief counselors should encourage primary caregivers to assure the child that basic care and needs

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Adolescent Grief Counseling: Helping Teens Through Death and Grief

Adolescent Grief Counseling: Helping Teens Through Death and Grief

Teenagers Need Special Consideration During Grief   Teenagers are hard to understand due to a multitude of life changes.  First and foremost, their bodies are changing. Hormones are flowing through their blood, altering and changing them into young adults.  While these changes may occur physically, in many cases, there still exists a child that is confused.  Secondly, teenagers are dealing with an array of pressures at school and among peers.  As the teenager attempts to discover his or her self identity, he or she is confronted with new ideals that may contradict ideals at home.  The lack of self confidence, changing physical features and the inner

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Books on Child Grief – “Daddy’s Gone” Explores the Mind of Child

Books on Child Grief – “Daddy’s Gone” Explores the Mind of Child

A Book for the Grieving Child Millie Richmond’s short illustrated story about a boy who loses his father shows the emotions and thoughts of a little boy who is experiencing grief.  The book illustrates what the child thinks in response to well intentioned but uninformed adults who hope to guide the child through grief.  From the pastor to the boy’s aunt, one finds a variety of common things usually said to children in grief that are detrimental to the child’s grief recovery. In this way, “Daddy’s Gone” not only can be therapeutical for a child but also informative for an adult

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Child Grief Counsleling Certification Program: Using Play Therapy in Child Grief Counseling

Child Grief Counsleling Certification Program: Using Play Therapy in Child Grief Counseling

Finding Grief Through Play The mind of a child differs greatly than an adult.  This is due to an array of psychological and biological differences than stem from a lack of development in the brain.  It is important for grief counselors who specialize in grief and adolescent grief care to understand these differences because they directly effect how children grieve. In the case of younger children, grief can be found in many things, most notably play.  The child’s need to play is not only for fun but is a way a child communicates and expresses herself.  Through this expression, a counselor or psychologist

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Companioning the Grieving Child

Companioning the Grieving Child

Treatment versus Companioning the Grieving Child Treatment of grief is a very cold term.  In some ways, it sees grief as a pathology in itself.  Is not the very meaning of treatment to ”cure”?  Grief cannot be cured but neither is it pathological.  It is a natural feeling that comes with the ability to love.  Hence grief is part of the human condition and can only be cared for in regards with coping, accepting and accomodating loss into one’s life.  Companioning the grieving child is less about curing but walking with the grieving child.  It sees grief as a process and not an event. Dr. Wolfelt