- How do you, yourself deal with loss?
- What do you believe? Some folks have a deep faith that there is “More to it than this,” and others think that “this is it.”
- Are you comfortable sharing your belief system with your children?
- How do you find comfort?
- What can your friends and family do for you when you are grieving? Do you need hugs or space??
- ages 2-4 generally don’t grasp the concept of death as permanent
- ages 4-7 may feel responsible for the death because of their thoughts, actions, or lack of action
- age 7-11 just starting to see death as something irreversible
- over 11 has a better understanding about the loss
In my search for further local resources I reached out to my old friend Dr. Nancy Iverson.
Groups meet in the Inner Sunset
A Lion in the House Movie that follows several children and teens and their families through illness and loss, grief and death. Though not all of the kids in the film die, they are certainly affected by their illnesses and loss of their "normal" childhood and teen years.
The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein.