Joy Freeman


You are spot on about how adults comfort level with death and grief influence how they believe children should be exposed to death and included in grief rituals.  As we have become more death avoidant, I wonder how that impacts children.  It makes me wonder if when working with children who are grieving if there should be parent/child opportunities to grieve together in a way that is facilitated by a trusted person outside of the grieving family.

Along side this I think we would be remiss if we did not also raise the question of how culture plays into children’s grief, particularly when looking at immigrant families who may still have very close ties to the practices of their country of origin.