Chapter 1: Recognizing student grief

Children grieve differently than adults

What the grief expert says
Andrea Warnick, registered psychotherapist, talks about it being natural for students' grief to resurface over many years. (3:22)Video transcript

“My mom got really angry because I still wanted to go out with my friends even though we knew my other mama didn’t have a lot of time left”. - Student

Children are more likely to express grief through actions and behaviours rather than by talking about it. This is particularly true of young children who may not yet be able to put their thoughts and feelings into words. Grieving teenagers may exhibit behaviour changes and they may seek distance from adults, choosing to rely on peers and social media to express their grief.  

See also:How Children Grieve