Supporting grieving children according to age and stage

Grief and Regrief

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.”
—Goethe

According to the Handbook of Thanatology  “Regrief is the developmentally appropriate processing of the [grief] experience from a different perspective than was possible earlier”. What this implies is that when  a child loses someone while at a certain developmental age,they can only grieve according to what that stage will allow. Each time a child moves onto the next developmental stage there is a new understanding of loss and the experience of grief. Regrief will bring up new questions, new emotions and new needs. It is therefore imperative as healthcare professionals working with grieving children that understand  and develop the skills to support a child who is grieving according to age and stage.

Supporting grieving children according to age and stage

What grief looks like in kids

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