The Life Newsletter

Health and Wellbeing – T2 W8 2024

Grief & Loss for Young Children

Grief is a natural response to loss. It might be the loss of a loved one, relationship or even a pet. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief is likely to be. Children and adults grieve differently due to their developmental stage, and this can prove difficult for parents to understand.

Young children fluctuate in and out of the stages of grief rapidly, as they may not comprehend the permanency of death. They express their grief more physically. Teens on the other hand may not know how to express their grief and will need some space to process their loss. Some may choose to grieve alone, not wanting to stand out or be seen as not coping. Whilst others, who may have a greater understanding, can start to question their own mortality.

Our College subscribes to SchoolTV which has a wealth of information for parents and carers. Below is a link from SchoolTV, where we can learn how to acknowledge our children’s feelings and the best way to support them through the grief.

We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition of SchoolTV.

“Grief is like a fingerprint, it's unique to everyone, and so is the way you process it. However, the inability to accept loss, causes a great deal of psychological pain to many people.”

God bless, 

Mr Luke Przydacz
Deputy Head of Junior School – Wellbeing