Children and young people need to be given the opportunity to grieve as any adult would. But it is also important to remember that children and young people grieve in different ways.
Children and young people may react in a number of ways to the death of someone close. This article looks at the range of emotional responses they may experience.
Grief can also cause a range of physcial responses in children and young people, affecting appetite, sleep, behaviour and development of skills.
The nature of a child’s understanding of death and bereavement will be different at different stages of development.
Young people or teenagers have developed a greater understanding of death, the long term implications of losing someone close and are more keenly aware of the emotional aspects
One of the most frequently asked questions by parents, caregivers and people who support bereaved children and young people is, “Should I take my child / young person to the funeral?”
Complicated grief occurs when the bereaved child or young person becomes stuck within their grief.
This page gives some suggestions for coping with bereavement put forward by children and young people who have been bereaved.
This article covers what different people in a bereaved young person's life can do to help whether they are parents and carers, teachers, or youth workers.
Some key points to remember concerning children, young people and grief.