​Grief is a natural and normal response to death and loss and is a lifelong process.

Every person experiences and processes grief differently, as can every child. So, as difficult grief can be for adults, trying to guide a child who has experienced the death of a significant person in their life can also be challenging.

While it is normal to want to protect children from difficult experiences and information, learning how to support our children in freely expressing their thoughts and feelings and helping them develop healthy coping skills can enhance and restore hope in their lives.

Below are local and national resources to help you support the children and teens in your lives who are experiencing grief.

Local Resources
Tomorrow’s Rainbow
Children’s Bereavement Center

National Resources

The Eluna Network

New York Life Foundation (NYLF)
National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC)

The Dougy Center

Helpful Articles

After a Loved One Dies (NYLF)

Discussing About Grief Over Time (NYLF)

Starting Conversations About Death (NYLF)

Talking to Children About Loss or Crisis (NYLF)

Different Ages, Different Sense of Death (Texas Children's Hospital)

Developmental Responses to Grief (The Dougy Center)

Supporting Grieving Children During the Season of Family (NAGC)

Where Children Learn to Grieve and Heal