How to Explain Grief to Children
Grief is the natural reaction to loss. It a personal experience and can be especially difficult for children. They not only experience the four major emotions associated with grief--fear, anger, guilt, sadness--but children may also experience shock, physical symptoms such as a headache or stomach ache, and regress to previously outgrown behaviors such as thumb-sucking or bed-wetting. Talking to children about grief can help alleviate these feelings and guide them through the grieving process. If you are uncertain about whether your child's reaction is normal, consult your health care professional.