WHAT ARE THE TYPICAL CHILDHOOD RESPONSES TO GRIEF IN MENTAL HEALTH?
Feeling nothing after someone has died can seem
scary to a child, particularly if everyone else is so upset. A child may take a while; perhaps weeks or
months, to begin to feel upset, then their grief will come out. Gradually, the child may calm down. It can be hard for them to realise that death
is permanent, that you have to live the rest of your life without that
It is normal to worry about the future and who will
look after them. They may find
themselves talking to the person who has died or thinking that they are seeing
them – adults can also do this when they are grieving.
Some children may feel angry or cross without
knowing why. Sometimes adults may respond by getting angry back with the child,
which can make things worse. It is natural to feel like this when…
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