Children grieve in a different way from adults. Grief may affect their behaviour, the way in which they take in information, and their need for support. This will depend on the child or teenager, their age, and their emotional maturity. It will also depend on who has died, how they died, and the child’s relationship with them.
There are many resources that can help parents, teachers, carers and families to support children and adolescents in their grief. The following resources are from Australia and overseas.
The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement has information on supporting grieving children and on supporting grieving adolescents.
The Spring 2012 edition of the Rosemary Branch focuses on children and grief.
The Cancer Council of Australia has a website with information on supporting bereaved children.
The Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network at the Australian National University have community information and resources that can help.
The National Cancer Institute in America has information on children and grief including details on developmental stages and understanding at different ages.
There is also information for children, available from the Kids Health website for parents on death and grief and for kids on When somebody dies.
Sometimes specific information may be required, and the following sites may be helpful:
Related CareSearch pages
Talking with children
Loss of a child
Grief and loss resources
Last updated 10 January 2013