Children With Grief

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Grief is a deep sorrow and is also the cause of sorrow. It can be caused by any dramatic or emotional incident that brings sadness.

Childhood responses to grief may be different from adults. In our interview with two students, I found that when a person who knows and experiences death in their family, have feelings and reactions that are numerous, and reflects their culture, emotional, and religious background. Their concept of death as they grew older changes and becomes more abstract then from when they were little. And they are able to understand the consequence of long-term loss. During this age their earlier childhood thinking may be flipped around and a feeling of remorse and self-blame may be possible.

Since children have learned to control their emotions they may be frightened to share their feelings of grief. Sometimes this may cause them to have a desire of controlling others and also take risks in dangerous situations.

As children get older they need a more complete explanation as to what has happened. "If we shield children from death, we deny them the opportunity of going through the grieving process, and this increases their sense of isolation" (Crocetta).

In our interview I felt that the students had a hard time in paying attention. As if they didn't really want to talk or think about what had happened. But both did not have any kind of sense after the loss of one of their family relatives. One of the interviewed students had said that she didn't know her grandmother very well. That she had felt bad more for her father, because she saw him act more different and become sadder. But she knew that this was to come, because her grandmother had been sick for a while.

I think there might...