Loss and Grief in Children

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MindEd provides free mental health e-learning for anyone who works or volunteers with children, teenagers or young people. The MindEd programme includes free online CAMHS training, counselling courses and mental health resources for teachers and health professionals.

This session addresses parental loss, grief in children and how to work with grieving children. It also covers loss of others by death or separation/divorce and the range of bereavement or mourning reactions.

  • Grief and loss is experienced by us all. How we respond to grief and loss is the person's unique response to a situation where significant change has occurred.
  • We cannot shield children from the everyday events associated with loss and grief, but we can be sensitive to their needs by understanding the impact of significant loss and grief. We can also consider bereavement counselling for children.
  • Tell children about what has happened, truthfully in language they will understand.
  • Grief in children can prompt normal reactions including emotional shock with sadness, but some children may appear to show no feelings.
  • When working with grieving children it is also important not to treat normal reactions to their loss like an illness.

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Content provided by MindEd. Author: Elaine Tabony. Published: March 2014. Review: March 2017.

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