Tag Archives: Talking to Your Child

Do Very Young Children Feel Grief?

There is a commonly held belief that young children are “too young to grieve” when a loved one dies. However, we now know that preschool-age children, toddlers and even infants all experience grief. Following is a brief guide to understanding and supporting young children through a grief experience. Grief in Infants and Toddlers Babies are continue reading…

How to Communicate with your Grieving Teen

  Adolescence can be an exciting time of self-discovery and identity development. However, as adolescents seek more independence, families may find this time filled with disagreements and periods of irritability and frustration. When a young person experiences significant loss during this already tumultuous time, their family may notice unexpected and concerning changes in the teen’s continue reading…

Children, Grief and the Holidays

The holidays are a difficult time for anyone who has experienced a loss. Children, who grow up thinking of the holidays as a magical and happy time, may have particular difficulty reconciling the grief of a recent loss with the joy of the holiday season. Depending on the child’s relationship with their loved one who continue reading…

Should My Child Attend the Funeral?

Kids Path counselors are often asked, “Is it a good idea for my child to attend our loved one’s funeral or memorial service?” Our response to this question varies because each situation and child is unique; however, a few specific factors are helpful to consider. Consider Your Child’s Age and Maturity Level Toddlers, preschoolers and continue reading…

Staying Connected After a Loss

Every loss is different. But whether it’s sudden or expected, peaceful or turbulent, an acquaintance or a close relative, all losses have something in common: there’s always more to say. For a child or teen, not being able to communicate their thoughts and feelings directly to the person they lost can be frustrating. In addition, continue reading…

Teens Grieve Differently: What You Need to Know

Teenagers are in a time of transition between adulthood and childhood as they gain skills to navigate academic responsibilities, peer relationships and changing family roles. When a significant loss occurs, teens can sometimes react in ways that are surprising to adults. Because of the developmental challenges that teens are already experiencing, it is important for continue reading…