Your child may feel grief when he or she loses a beloved person, pet,
or thing. It is also natural to feel grief when a valued way of life is lost,
such as a home, a parent's job, or good health. Your child also may grieve for
a loved one who is sick and dying. And children often feel the pain of loss
before a big move or a divorce.
The ways children express grief are usually different from the way
adults express it. Children are not always able to use words to say what they
feel. Instead, they often express their feelings through behaviour. Even
children who can talk about their feelings may not always be able to express
the many, sometimes conflicting, emotions they have.
Grief is different for each child. There is
no "normal" or "expected" period of time for grieving. Some children adjust to
loss within a couple of months. Others may take 2 years or longer, especially
if their lives were changed a lot or if the loss was sudden and shocking.
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Current as of:
February 24, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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