Young Children's Grief: Parents' Understanding and Coping

Kari E Bugge, Philip Darbyshire, Eline Rokholt, Karen Haugstvedt, Solvi Helseth

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    The grief experiences of young children and the interactional dynamics between parents and children leading to healthy grieving remain comparatively underresearched. This article reports a qualitative evaluation of a Norwegian Bereavement Support Program where 8 parents described their young child's grief reactions and coping and how these intersected with their own grief. Successful parental coping with their child's grief involves understanding the child's genuine concerns following the death and an intricately holistic balance between shielding and including, between informing and frightening, and between creating a new life while cherishing the old.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)36-43
    Number of pages8
    JournalDeath Studies
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


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