National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Coping with the death of an important person in one's life is especially difficult for children. If the person died under traumatic circumstances or if the death was particularly traumatic to the child, that child may have a traumatic grief reaction. What is the typical grieving process? How is childhood traumatic grief different from the grief a child would ordinarily experience? What can caregivers and professionals who work with children do to respond to it?
Grief may be experienced in response to physical losses, such as death, or in response to symbolic or social losses such as divorce or loss of a job. The grief experience can be affected by one's history and support system. Taking care of yourself and accessing the support of friends and family can help you cope with your grief experience.
The Effects of Grief and Loss On Children in Foster Care
All children in foster care have experienced tremendous loss. Even in the very best of foster care placements, children will experience loss of their familiar home surroundings, at least some disruption of daily routines, loss of personal belongings, pets, and family members-parents, siblings, and kin.
A Fact Sheet On Grieving Children in Foster Care
All children experience grief, but children in foster care, especially, need adults in their lives who understand the childhood grieving process.