Children, Young People & Loss

It is now accepted that children experience grief and loss, and often experience this differently to adults. Children as young as one year old have been observed to grieve.

Grief is a response to loss and can arise through bereavement, the ending of an important relationship (such as a foster care placement), divorce and separation, moving home, moving school or any significant change.

Foster carers also experience grief and loss in response to the ending of placements and other major life changes.


Videos

VIDEO The grieving process: coping with death – 4 mins 


 

VIDEO Talk by Dr Marc Blumberg about helping children deal with grief and loss – 56 mins


 

Articles & Books

Supporting children after a frightening event
https://childbereavementuk.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/1.4b-Supporting-children-after-a-frightening-event.pdf?noredir=true

The effects of grief and loss on children in foster care
https://fosteringperspectives.org/fp_vol6no1/effects_griefloss_children.htm

The effects of grief and loss on one foster parent
http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/news/what-i-wish-others-knew-about-how-foster-parents-grieve/

The challenges of foster care: grief and loss
http://postadoptccyf.org/Resources/Tip-Sheets/Grief-Attachment/The-Challenges-of-Foster-Care-Grief-and-Loss

Is it grief? Why challenging behaviours may be signs of grieving (written with reference to adopted children, but can also be relevant to children in care)
http://wiadopt.org/Resources/Tip-Sheets/Grief-Attachment/Is-It-Grief-Why-Challenging-Behaviors-May-be-Signs-of-Grieving

PDFs of reports

“Don’t call me resilient: what loss and grief look like for children and youth in care” (Canada, 2016)
http://www.childrensadvocate.mb.ca/wp-content/uploads/Loss-and-Grief-FINAL-web.pdf

Books

http://www.rainbowsireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/really_useful_books.pdf


 

Organisations and useful websites

Rainbows Ireland
A free, national programme which supports children and young people affected by loss because of bereavement, separation or divorce.
www.rainbowsireland.ie

Barnardos
https://www.barnardos.ie/resources-advice/were-here-to-help/directory-of-services.html/#bereavement

Irish Hospice Foundation
http://hospicefoundation.ie/bereavement-2/coping-with-loss/childrens-grief/