Chapter 1: How children grieve

I'm listening

Tell me about it.

I'm here for you. 

Whether a child's behaviour is due to age or grief, they benefit when they're assured that:

  • Grief is a natural and healthy part of life.
  • Their thoughts, feelings and experiences are normal and expected when living through difficult times.
  • You're truly willing to listen.
  • You want to know about even the hardest parts of their grief.
  • Their grief isn't a burden to you and it helps you to hear about their thoughts and feelings. 

Your feelings are normal

When children know they’re listened to – and what they’re feeling is normal and okay – it’s easier for them to explore and express their feelings in ways that are:

  • Healthy,
  • Healing, and
  • Connect them with others.

Learn more about supporting your children in Module 3 Supporting grieving children