WHAT ARE THE BEREAVEMENT IN FAMILIES AND MENTAL HEALTH?

ACCREDITED SENIOR PSYCHOTHERAPIST/COUNSELLOR -Dr.Fawzy Masaoud-LONDON, ENGLAND

When a
family member dies, children react differently from adults. Preschool children
usually see death as temporary and reversible, a belief reinforced by cartoon
characters that “die” and “come to life” again. Children
may not understand the meaning of death until they are around three or four
years old. Children between five and
nine begin to think more like adults about death, yet they still believe it
will never happen to them or anyone they know.
They do still feel the loss and shock of close relatives in the same way
as adults. Infants and children can
grieve and feel great distress.

Children
may have a different experience of time to that of adults, so may go through
their stages of mourning more rapidly.
In their early school years, children may feel responsible for the death
of a close relative and may need to be reassured. They may not speak…

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