NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A CHILD’S SENSE OF LOSS —
For a child, bereavement is about the loss of somebody important in their lives, says Anne Marie Jones. The loss may involve a parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt or uncle — or a child may be grieving somebody outside the family, such as a teacher, friend or neighbour. “People can assume that some losses are less important than others, but you have to look at the relationship your child has with the person who has died,” she says.
If it is a neighbour who has died, it may still be extremely significant to a child who has known that neighbour very well, explains Jones. “You might think it is not important to bring a child to a neighbour’s funeral, but in fact that may be very important to the child.”