Children grieve in a different way from adults. Grief will affect each child or teenager differently. Their behaviour may change; they may need support or someone to talk to. Each of them will take in information in different ways. This will depend on the child or teenager. It will depend on their age, and their emotional maturity and how they are told of the death. It will also depend on who has died, how they died, and the child’s relationship with them. A child or teenager,s reaction to the news can help to determine how they will go forward.
There are resources that can help support children and teenagers in their grief. These could be for parents, teachers, carers and families. Older children are quite often carers to a close family member. There are specific supports available for young carers.
The following resources are from Australia and overseas.
Last updated 04 October 2013*