In todays society health related problems have become more common and complex throughout the world. While the death of a loved one is inevitable as you grow old, it has begun to increasingly affect young children and adolescents. Chronic illnesses, cancer, heart disease, obesity, first and second hand smoke are only a few of the leading causes of death among adults. Parents often do not feel the need to discuss death with their children simply because they can not envision it affecting their family. Children can suffer the loss of a parent as a result of numerous causes including an illness or disease, a suicide, a violent act, a murder, an accident, or even a sudden and unexpected death. The affects on a childs social and emotional development can be profound and will alter their lives forever. Although there has been a surplus of research studies conducted to measure the affect of death on adults there is only a minimal number of studies which examine the effects of death on children. It is crucial for parents and adults to create a healthy environment for grieving children and to try and understand the childs reality. There are many factors that directly affect a child after the loss of a parent which must be addressed and understood. For example does the child's age or gender affect their response? Does the child's family structure affect their response? Or how about whether they attend the funeral services? The answers to these questions and more are explored throughout this informative newsletter.
~ Our Mission ~
This newsletter serves as a resource of information for parents, family members, and adults who share a relationship with a child who has experienced the death of a parent. It is formatted to provide a clear idea of the childs perspective as they begin dealing with such a difficult and traumatic childhood experience. Children and adolescents may also find aspects of this newsletter helpful and encouraging while they are grieving. Presenting research results on bereaved children, the effects of losing a parent for children, an informative interview with an expert in the field, links to valuable resources on the web, suggested books and videos on this topic, as well as telephone numbers and information to receive professional help - this newsletter aims to help families and adult figures respond to childrens needs.