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Virtual Pediatric Hospital: CQQA: Grief

Pediatrics Common Questions, Quick Answers

Grief

Donna D'Alessandro, M.D.
Lindsay Huth, B.A.
Peer Review Status: Internally Reviewed
Creation Date: June 2002
Last Revision Date: June 2002


Common Questions, Quick Answers

What is grief?

Do children grieve?

What kinds of loss do children experience?

How do children think about death?

What are the stages my child might go through?
There are generally 5 stages to the grieving process. Children may not experience each of these stages. They can experience the stages in different orders.

Denial

Anger

Bargaining

Depression

Acceptance

What other symptoms might he have?

What are signs that he needs professional help?
If you think your child needs professional help, talk to your doctor right away. The doctor may suggest you take your child to a therapist. A child may need help if:

What can help him?

When should I call the doctor?

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