New York Life is doing great work for understanding kids in grief. They say in their recent study: Kids value communication about loss, but feel it’s lacking: Many say “most people don’t know how to talk to you after a loved one dies.” The study also says that schools score poorly in helping these kids cope. That’s why programs like WinterSpring’s Teen Grief Groups are so important. As school budgets get cut, kids get less and less support from staff and thus the nonprofits like us who go into the schools become even more important to the health of children, teens and their families.
I really like Dr. Nancy Berns’ article on grieving, especially this quote: “Treating grief as a disease threatens our freedom to grieve.” She supports people grieving in their own way and debunks the commonly accepted idea that grief needs to follow five stages:denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. At WinterSpring, we’re not afraid to be with loss for as long as it takes people to embrace life again.