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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - MIND YOURSELF -

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.”

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