Grief is a normal emotional response associated with any form of loss. We all experience some personal grief during our lifetime, which can reflect the value we placed on the person we have lost and the part they played in our lives. It is important to realise that coping with grief is normal and necessary. It is natural to experience feelings of sorrow, denial, anger, fear, shock, depression, guilt and confusion.
Each person is an individual and experiences grief in an individual way and in their own time, there is no timetable for grief, Allowing yourself time to work through your grief, some people feel better in a few weeks or months others may takes several years, what ever your grief experience it is important to be patient. Everyone express grief differently, grief can be like a roller coaster full of ups and downs, difficult periods should become less intense as time goes by.
Coping with grief like adults, children will react to death individually. Children need answers to their questions that are honest and easy to understand. They too, benefit from having an outlet for their tears and emotions, and for their feelings to be accepted without criticism. It is important children are given clear explanations about what has happened and what is going to happen.
Explaining the process of a funeral or a cremation, a hug and some quiet time with a parent or close relative can help a child who is feeling frightened and insecure. coping with grief is a normal emotion for everyone and will abate with time.
WT Howard Funerals has books and brochures on hand that may assist in providing answers to questions about the loss of a loved one, alternatively see these links to resources and organisations which may be helpful when dealing with grief: