ChildForum Office of Pre-Primary Education

ChildForum Office of Pre-Primary EducationLead advisor on early childhood care and education 
National membership 
organisation

Publisher of the New Zealand-International Research in Early Childhood Journal

 

Grief - responding to a grieving child and questions about death and dying

grief and lossBy Rachel Pratt
© ChildForum

 

Grief comes in many forms and affects people in different ways. 

Dealing with grief is often a very difficult situation for teachers to deal with.

Teachers may be worried about saying the wrong thing to children or they may be worried that they will upset the child or their family.

Supporting a grieving child can be distressing for a teacher, however it is important that teachers do not try to avoid dealing with a child’s grief, or with their own grief when it comes to the death of a child, colleague or parent in their service; there are many ways that a teacher can support children’s grief in a sensitive and caring manner.

This article covers:

1.  Preparing for grief and loss
2.  What does grief look like in young children
3.  What you can do to support a grieving child

Has there been a death?  Then see also other articles on supporting children when their pet dies (click here) and supporting children after the death of a child or adult at the service (click here).  

READ MORE


Oops ... you are not logged on. Don't miss out!  

To keep reading, you need to login Smile

Not a member?  Look below ↓ for the click here button below ↓   It will take you to the membership page to choose your own unique username and password.

Are you interested in joining us? 
Become a member and also gain access to our significant online knowledge base 

Membership Options

Personal
Membership

Who is this for?
Ideal for parents, students, teachers, researchers, teacher educators, policy analysts and children's specialists.
$98.00 12 months from the date of joining
or for students $60.00 short-term 6 month access.
Your own personal username and password.

ECE Service 
Group Membership

Who is this for?
A service that has licenced one or more ECE services with the Ministry of Education (including home-based, parent, and teacher-led).
Starting from $198.00. Provides 12 months membership from the date of joining.
A shared username and password for your service group.

NZ-International Research in
ECE Journal Subscription

Who is this for?
Libraries, universities, polytechnics and organisations wishing to have access to the NZIRECE published journal and its articles.
$150.00 annual renewable in November each year.
A username and password or IP address access.