Grief is a natural response to loss. It might be the loss of a loved one, relationship or even a pet. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief is likely to be. Students and adults grieve differently due to their developmental stage, and this can prove difficult for parents to understand.
We recognise also that some students may be experiencing an unexpected sense of grief and loss in respect of their security and safety following recent world events.
Young children fluctuate in and out of the stages of grief rapidly, as they may not comprehend the permanency death. They express their grief more physically. Teens on the other hand may not know how to express their grief and will need some space to process their loss. Some may choose to grieve alone, not wanting to stand out or be seen as not coping. Whilst others, who may have a greater understanding, can start to question their own mortality.
In this edition of SchoolTV, parents can learn how to acknowledge their child’s feelings and the best way to support them through the grief. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition and we always welcome your feedback.
It is always our advice to contact the school counsellor or your general practitioner if you have other concerns about your child.