DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES and GRIEF WITH CHILDREN IN MENTAL HEALTH?
A-Birth to 3 years
A child may view death as a loss, abandonment or separation. They may be
less disturbed at losing someone than an older child, because of their
difficulty understanding the whole concept.
The most important element is the response of the living parent or significant
others around them. If their routines and security remain intact and as normal
as possible, they will eventually come to terms with the situation. They will
take their clues from their security or lack of it. It’s not that they will not grieve or pretend
it has not happened; it’s that they gain security from the living parent’s
response to grief.
B-3 – 6 years
At this stage, the child will see things as temporary or reversible. They
may believe in “magical thinking” – their thoughts can cause things to happen.
This can work against them, as they may believe that if…
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