Letting Children Share in Grief


Moving away from the notion that children bounce back after loss, alternative methods such as grief centers for children have begun to proliferate. Catherine Saint Louis suggests that avoiding pain may have a negative impact on children, and looks at professional mental health as a means of helping children navigate when their adult relations are at a loss.


“Grief camps…offer children a place where they can talk about a dead relative without feeling self-conscious or worrying about making schoolmates squeamish. And free support groups… have helped to make grief more acceptable.”

– Catherine Saint Louis