It is common knowledge that we will grieve the death of a loved one, but we also know that grieve isn’t limited to deaths. The ending of a relationship, our child leaving home, the loss of a job, the development of a disability, a natural disaster or a terrorist attack can all be considered losses that need to be grieved. We’ve compiled a guide on how best to deal with grief.
Children often lack the tools to manage strong emotions, and can become overwhelmed. As a caregiver, you need to realise that children will likely experience confusion, sadness, fear and anger at abandonment. Depending on their age and/or developmental level, children may or may not understand the concept of death and may continue to seek out their loved one. This can be very painful for their caregivers who are also grieving. We’ve put together a guide for parents and caregivers to help children through their grief.
Negative experiences and subsequent grief are a part of life which we unfortunately cannot change. What we can change, however, is how we cope. We can employ methods to handle our emotions in a productive way.