Children & Grief

According to Alan Wolfelt, "When someone loved dies, children grieve. The most important factor in how children react to the death is the response of the adults who influence their lives. Caring adults - whether they are parents, relatives, or friends - can help children during this tragic time. Handled with warmth and understanding, a child's early experiences with death can be opportunities to learn about life and living as well as death and dying" (Wolfelt, 1991, p.6).

Here, at Doherty Funeral Homes, we are convinced of that fact. That is why we have dedicated an entire section of our website to the subject of Children & Grief. We want to assist you in helping your children cope with death in a healthy fashion. The way that a child experiences death will greatly influence his view of life and death as an adult.

As you read through this section of the website, you will find information about "Let’s Talk About The Funeral"©, explaining death to children of all ages, answers to some frequently asked questions, 10 ways to help children who are grieving, information concerning our various "Grief Talk"© programs, and helpful links to websites that can give you additional assistance as you help your children cope with the death they have experienced.

You can also feel free to contact us at (302) 999-8277 or by e-mail at bereavement@dohertyfh.com.


References

  1. Wolfelt A. D. (1991). A child’s view of grief. Fort Collins, Co.: Companion Press.


"I wanted to thank you for your wonderful information on your web site for helping children with death and decision and preparation on a funeral. Your site has helped me as a mother to help my children through our grieving. I felt I needed to e-mail you and let you know that the information you have provided is helpful for us. I am very grateful for your site" 

W. Mosteller, South Carolina

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