The feeling of loss and the period of mourning are very difficult concepts for a child. Each child experiences the period of mourning differently, which is associated with the following factors:
- How close was with the child the person who died
- The way the person died
- How this was announced to the child
- What is the child's age
Studies have suggested some characteristics of grief which, tend to be common in many cases and some practices that have proven to be helpful in managing childhood bereavement.
Children (and adults) go through different emotional stages before they can accept an unpleasant situation and calmly continue their lives. Usually the first emotion they feel is denial, that is they cannot accept that what happened is irreversible.