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ERIC Number: ED326789
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
How Children Grieve: Implications for Counseling.
McGlauflin, Helene
Current literature about how children grieve and various implications for counseling are discussed. In reviewing the literature available concerning how children grieve, it is evident that the articles cover three distinct areas important for consideration. These include information that addresses children's developmental understanding of death and how this influences the way they grieve (the concept of death in children develops over time in three distinct, identifiable stages--0-5, 5-10, 10 through adolescence--each with characteristic perceptions); the specific knowledge about how children grieve including how it differs from adult grief, phases, and common themes and symptoms unique to grieving children; and the many variables mentioned in the literature that affect how children grieve, such as how the adults in the child's life handle grief, and the circumstances of death. These three areas together form a comprehensive framework for understanding the nature of children's grief. Counseling strategies are addressed in four ways: the qualities of a counselor who decides to help children with griefwork; the different elements important to grief counseling; techniques and activities that have proven to be helpful in this work; and parent consultation. The report concludes that given the broad array of losses children may experience before age 18, such as death, divorce, and change of residence, it is important for counselors and other significant adults in children's lives to be knowledgeable about how children grieve and about grief counseling in order to better identify and support those experiencing loss. (ABL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Counselors; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A