Children and Grief

Death is difficult to understand, and when a community member dies – or many do – children may struggle to make sense of a senseless situation.

The death of a family member or friend can be a tramautic experience for a child or teen, and "a child suffering the loss of a parent or sibling is likely to be in great need of personal attention," says grief expert Helen Fitzgerald. It is important to talk (and listen) to children who are grieving, but we may not know what to say or do.

Legacy offers advice from grief experts to help you understand and support a child or teenager coping with loss. Explore the links below to find expert advice on children and grief.

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Coping with Tragedy, Loss in the Community

After a Tragedy: What Kids Can Do

Helping Children in Times of Tragedy

How to Support Victims of Violence

Remembering Children: Obituaries Full of Accomplishment and Optimism

Should children write sympathy notes?

Is it appropriate to take my young child to a funeral?

When to Involve Children in the Bereavement Process

Teaching Children to Comfort the Bereaved

The Death of a Parent

Writing While Dying: Words of Advice from Moms Who Don't Make It

My Mother's Obituary

Lessons from My Dad

In Memory of Poppies

Who Will Care for My Children?

Leaving a Legacy: Spiritual-Ethical Wills

Who Will Care for My Children?

Who Needs a Will?

Leaving Property to Your Children

Dividing Estates in Blended Families

Helping Children Through Grief

How Can We Respond to the Grief of Children?

Helping Children Through Grief

Helping a Child Deal with Loss

Military Kids: Responding to their Grief

Writing a Condolence Note to a Grieving Child

Should children write sympathy notes?

Is it appropriate to take my young child to a funeral?

When to Involve Children in the Bereavement Process

Teaching Children to Comfort the Bereaved

Teenagers and Loss

The Grieving Teen

What Adults Can Learn from Teen Grievers

Writing a Condolence Note to a Grieving Teen

Teen Memorial Services

More on Grief and Loss

Myths About Grief

Loss of Our Assumptive World

Family Reorganization After a Loss

But I Feel So Guilty

Sibling Survivors of Suicide

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