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Childhood Grief: The Influence of Age on Understanding

Age has a large influence on childhood grief and how children understand and react to the death of a family member, friend, pet, or close adult. It is good to know where a child is likely to fall developmentally. This will help you to better understand how they view the loss and will help you up make age appropriate choices about language and interventions.

Of course age won't help you predict exactly how a child will react, other factors will have an impact as well. Maturity, past experiences, education level, socio-economic status, what part of the world you live in, and access to support resources are merely a few of the many factors that influence us all.
We advice with children of any age or background you should do the following: 1. Acknowledge their presence, their importance, their opinions, thoughts, and feelings.  2. Be patient and open minded. Allow them to grieve in their own way. 3. Be available - sit with the child, listen to them, and answer their questions.  4. Rea…