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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)