Children and Grief

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, (2013), “When a family member dies, children react differently from adults.” Parents and other adults in the child’s life will want to know age appropriate ways to help the child cope with the loss.

One bereaved in five is likely to develop a psychiatric disorder…the highest rate are found in boys- Journal of Child Psychology Oct. 2000

In a survey of 300 incarcerated teens, 96% indicated that someone significant in their lives had died. – Columbia University

85% of all prisoners on death row experienced the death of a parent during their childhood. – Virginia Simpson PHD, The mourning Star Center, CA

Between 5% and 7.5% of all children are actively grieving – US Census Bureau

You will find very helpful information from the fact sheets on the website, specifically the one below relating to Children and Grief.


Another helpful article written by the Traumatic Loss Coalitions For Youth Program notes important information for age related coping skills as well as signs to look for in a child or teen that may need additional assistance.

Grieving Children and Teenagers