Bereavement and grief
Grief is a natural response to the death of someone close. Everyone will experience grief in a unique and individual way.
It is, of course, a fundamental loss and adjustment for any child or young person to lose someone important to them – particularly a close family member. But with the right support most children and young people will be able to find a way to move forward.
There are no limits about how long grieving should last and what it should consist of; it is a process that everyone goes through while they adjust and begin to cope with life without the person who they have lost or who has died.
Sometimes, the trauma of the death can block the natural grieving process so that a child or young person becomes ‘stuck.’ This is known as traumatic bereavement.