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Loss and Absence

Loss and Absence

The best way to help children face significant changes or losses is to let them know what is happening as soon as the loss, separation or change seems definite. When parents try to delay telling the news, they often underestimate how sensitive children are to parental preoccupation and tension.  The child has a chance to start getting used to the idea, to raise questions and concerns, to participate in the adjustments parents are making, to play and replay the separation experience as a way of integrating the changes that will occur, to practice coping skills before they must be called into action, to begin to grieve. Talking about the change can promote the awareness that, though the adjustments may be hard, the child can manage both the grief and the loss: what has happened is not so awful that it cannot be faced and talked about.

This series of books deal with loss and the absence of family, friends and pets, including death, divorce and extended period of absence. The loss of someone close through death is a traumatic and painful event for the majority of people. For many children and young people the death of a parent, sibling, friend or relative can be extremely difficult because of the child’s inability to understand and articulate their feelings.  

Many books have been written others are coming soon. If you need a book urgently hit the I need this book button to hurry the creative process.

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