Teens, under normal circumstances, are dealing with many changes due to raging hormones and searching for their own identities. Therefore, it is no wonder that dealing with the death of a sibling, parent, or friend from school can throw their lives into even more chaos and confusion.
Lord, help me to know the suffering of those who have lost. Give me the words to calm my children?s horror. As they see the world for the first time. With fear and uncertainty, pain and terror. Mommy can?t make it all better this time. My little one says as she looks in my tear stained eyes
For many children, their first real experience with loss occurs when a pet dies. When a pet dies, children need consolation, love, support, and affection more than they need complicated medical or scientific explanations. Children’s reactions to the death of a pet will depend upon their age and developmental level.
When a family member dies, children react differently from adults. Preschool children usually see death as temporary and reversible, a belief reinforced by cartoon characters who “die” and “come to life” again. Children between five and nine begin to think more like adults about death, yet they still believe it will never happen to them or anyone they know.