Young children's grief: parents' understanding and coping

Kari E Bugge, Philip Darbyshire, Eline G Rokholt, Karen T 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 - 2014

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Bugge, K. E., Darbyshire, P., Rokholt, E. G., Haugstvedt, K. T., & Helseth, S. (2014). Young children's grief: parents' understanding and coping. Death Studies, 38(1), 36 - 43.