An Examination of Childhood Grief

Grief is a natural part of life and a shared experience by all human beings at one point or another. Children’s experience with grief is a unique, subjective experience as it is for all humans. However, societal myths continue to perpetuate a cycle of misunderstandings surrounding children and their experiences of loss. Grief is a complex subject, therefore, it is necessary to explore its history through its definition and associated grief theories. It is also a necessity to understand the various kinds of grief and explore different associated examples. Children are influenced by different kinds of grief and the developmental level of a child also influences the way he or she copes with grief. Finally, Adlerian theory holds a connection to grief work through the components of life tasks, lifestyle, social interest, and subjectivity.

Katey Lindell
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