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Younger Children and Parental Loss
Friday, November 1, 2013 by Cynthia Waderlow, MSE, LCSW
Younger children are mysterious in that they can be amazingly honest and straightforward and equally abstract.  Children as young as age two and three can already mask feelings and defend against the reality of a loss.  We see a range of grief responses and adaptation to death, just as we do in adults, and similar to adults, a stable home base plays a role in the adjustment process.
When Teens Grieve a Sibling’s Suicide
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Cynthia Waderlow, LCSW, MSE and Deborah Major, PhD, LCSW
Family systems are often initially paralyzed by the suicide death of a child, with parents being the primary focus of grief support, as suicide grief literature has identified the loss of a child as among the most devastating for the parents. A study on sibling suicide bereavement for children who are still at home identify these children and adolescents as “the forgotten bereaved,” where “necessary help is impeded due to the extraordinary experience, leaving siblings outside the circle of friends and parental grief community” (Dyregrov & Dyregrov, 2005).