By Dianne McKissock
When children grieve, their pain, curiosity and directness can force a confrontation of reality that we may prefer to deny. How can we provide answers to questions that we ourselves dare not formulate? How can we provide reassurance that everything will be alright when we are not sure of our own ability to survive? How can we comfort when we feel comfortless and bereft of emotional resources?
We may have much to learn about children’s grief, but there are many things we do know. This unique, practical book explores the grief of children of all ages and highlights specific aspects of grief at each stage of psychosocial development.
It provides useful suggestions which empower grieving children and provides hope, understanding and support for those who care for them.
The youngest of children grieve the loss of anyone or anything that is important to them. Their grief is not very different from the grief we experience as adults and if they are loved, supported and allowed to grieve in a safe environment in their own way, they, like us, can survive what seems unsurvivable.