It’s been said that loss is simply another word for change. Loss impacts children’s lives at every stage, from infancy through young adulthood, and can bring on feelings of turmoil, grief, and sadness. Whether a child experiences loss through the death of a pet or loved one, or loses a close friend to a long-distance move, grieving is universal and experienced by children of all ages. But the ways in which children grieve differ according to his or her age, temperament, and family environment. Read on for age-by-age guidance on helping a child work through feelings of loss, navigate grief, and move toward healing.
Malia Jacobson is an award-winning health and parenting journalist and mom of three. Her latest book is titled "Sleep Tight, Every Night: Helping Toddlers and Preschoolers Sleep Well Without Tears, Tricks, or Tirades."