“Grieving youth need age-appropriate support. They grieve differently than children or adults, and their grief may emerge differently as they continue to age and grow through stages. They need someone to answer their questions about death. Sometimes these questions might come out in chunks and not all at once. Often they are the kind of questions that parents don’t know how to answer, because they are about some of the great mysteries of life.”
Providing support and guidance to kids is very different than adults. Their questions will seem to come out of nowhere or are sporadic, but usually very direct and honest.
About 3.5 years ago, my daughter lost a friend and schoolmate who was age 6 in a tragic accident and even now she still asks questions or shares memories….the questions seem to come ‘out of the blue’ or a comment she makes comes ‘out of the blue’ and surprises me. There is no direct correlation to what we were talking about a minute before to the question or comment about her friend.
This is the difference between youth and adults with grief, grieving, and bereavement.
Source: Youth Need Grief Support Too! | Linda Hochstetler | Pulse | LinkedIn