• Dealing with Loss and Grief Resources

     
    Kidlutions: Teens can be a tricky lot.  Developmentally, they're goal is to separate from you, manage things on their own and to step-out into this world to become self-sufficient.  But what happens when a teen becomes suddenly bereaved by the death of parent, a friend, a sibling or a girlfriend/boyfriend? 
     
    PDHealth.mil: Children hear the word death almost every day -- on television, in the movies, and in the news. This does not mean that they understand what death means or are prepared for it when it touches their own lives. All of the images can seem very confusing when a loss strikes close to home and children experience feelings of deep grief, often for the first time...
     
    Helping Kids Cope with Grief
    Parents Magazine: Losing a loved one is never easy. The time following a death is often filled with emotional turmoil, chaos, and change. For adults and children alike, grieving is an important part of accepting that a loved one has died, dealing with difficult feelings, and saying goodbye. For kids, having a caring adult who will guide them through this process can create an opportunity for growth and transformation... 
     
    RI Hope: Useful ideas, things to avoid, stages of grief, a child's understanding of death at different ages, and more. 
     
    Children and Grief: What They Know, How They Feel, How to Help
    The Child Study Center: With tragedy occurring throughout the world, children are often exposed to loss of life many times over before they become adults. It is not possible to shield children or protect them from this reality, nor should adults try. Children, in fact, do grieve, and they can be helped with the grieving process...
     
    National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to children about death must be geared to their developmental level, respectful of their cultural norms, and sensitive to their capacity to understand the situation. Children will be aware of the reactions of significant adults as they interpret and react to information about death and tragedy....
     
    Helping Your Child Deal with Death
    Kids Health: When a loved one dies, it can be difficult to know how to help kids cope with the loss, particularly as you work through your own grief. How much kids can understand about death depends largely on their age, life experiences, and personality.
     
    Helping Children Deal with Grief
    Child Mind Institute: Most young children are aware of death, even if they don't understand it. Death is common theme in cartoons and television, and some of your child's friends may have already lost a loved one. But experiencing grief firsthand is a different and often confusing process for kids. As a parent, you can't protect a child from the pain of loss, but you can help him feel safe...