Grief and Loss

Whether it be a family member leaving or passing away, a pet dying, or even moving house. It is important to remember that grief is a natural response to loss, and we all experience grief differently. Grief can impact our physical and emotional wellbeing and children may struggle to communicate how they are feeling.

Children may become: defiant or overly compliant, clingy, anxious, or distressed, easily distracted or forgetful, irritable or restless. Spending time listening and helping them to process their feelings can be a big help. Consider making a memory box or photo collection with your child to capture the good memories amongst the grief.

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Resources to help:

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See also: Coping with Change

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Te Whatu Ora Canterbury
Canterbury Clinical Network
Ministry Of Education
Ministry Of Health