Grief in Young Children: A Handbook for Adults

Grief in Young Children: A Handbook for Adults

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It is a common misconception that preschool children are not capable of experiencing grief in the same way that older children do. Grief in Young Children challenges this, demonstrating that, although young children may not express grief in the same way as older children, they still need to be supported through loss. Illustrated throughout with examples, the author explores young children’s reactions to death and loss, both immediately after the event and over time. Full of practical advice on issues such as how to keep children in touch with their memories, answer their questions, allay their fears and explore their feelings through play, this accessible book enables adults to work with children to develop an acceptance of grief and an understanding of death and loss. This book is essential reading for parents, carers, counsellors and teachers and is complemented by the companion volume Grief in Children.