Young Children's Grief: Parents' Understanding and Coping

Kari E. Bugge, Philip Darbyshire, Eline Grelland Røkholt, Karen Therese Sulheim 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
Externally publishedYes


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