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Why do we need to be aware that children grieve? []


From Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Navy Times, November 17, 2020

Is a child’s grief really an issue that warrants awareness? Aren’t children resilient, and won’t they simply “bounce back” after a family member’s death? Isn’t it best to focus a child’s attention away from these sad realities? Shouldn’t we let children enjoy their childhood free from the burden of death and grief?

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) has been providing bereavement care to children, teenagers, and adults for the past 26 years. These sincere questions are among those which TAPS has helped parents and caregivers navigate throughout these years. This deepens the understanding of the impact a death has on a child’s life and positions the family for a stronger foundation as the adults in the family gain that valuable perspective and gain tools to help their children.

Further, misinformation about childhood grief has left many kids to endure and navigate their grief alone without the support and encouragement they need most from the adults in their lives. So, what is the truth about childhood grief?

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