Children and young people may experience and express grief and bereavement in different ways. There is no ‘right way’ to express grief, and the following tips are designed to help you support a young person affected by bereavement.
It is important to tell children what is happening as much as possible. It is natural to feel that we want to protect children from difficult and upsetting things, but research and experience has taught us that hiding information about a death of a significant person is damaging.
This can be very frightening and adds to the feeling that everything is out of control. Children may also feel that they have caused a problem, or are in some way to be blamed for the death of someone.
This may be very difficult to regain in the future, and can impact upon their grieving process.
It may be difficult for a child or young person to believe that someone is dead, so the story of their death may need to be repeated. Young children in particular will struggle with the concept of death due to their development. It can be painful for adults to repeat the information, but it is important to do so.
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