In Counselling for Grief and Bereavement, Second Edition Geraldine Humphrey and David Zimpfer take readers step-by-step through the skills needed to facilitate the process of grief, initiate healing, and promote a sense of growth. Providing a firm theoretical base, the authors discuss the concepts and categories of attachment, loss, and grief. Carefully chosen case examples are included throughout and specific attention is paid to ethics and to the possible need for referral.
Chapter 6: Children and Grief
Children and Grief
Children are not merely small adults. Rather, they possess distinct cognitive, developmental, and emotional constructs that make them distinct from adults. This means that the accepted concepts of grief and bereavement may not apply to children and therefore a distinct approach and interaction are necessitated. Moreover, children vary by age, experience, and their environment. This further solidifies the notion that there is no blueprint from which to seek directions when interacting with the bereaved child. There are, however, patterns of development and grieving that can aid in the counselling of a bereaved child. This chapter seeks to highlight these patterns and provide tools of intervention for the practitioner wishing to aid a grieving child.
Theories of Death Conceptualization
One cannot assume that ...