Children’s Grief 0-2 years
Physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioral aspects.
Provision of basic needs: Food, warmth, comfort, love, security. Importance of bonding/attachment to mother or key caregiver.
Concept of Death
None. Only an awareness of separation by absence.
Common Reaction to Loss and Change
Feeding, sleeping ,
Lengthy separation from key caregiver may lead to despair and detachment.
Need for distraction, play,
Regression to an earlier stage of development. Protests against separation.
How Adults Can Help
Respond to children’s needs for normal routines regarding feeding, toileting, and rest.
Provision of a consistent, loving, comforting caregiver.
Respond to child’s need for stimulation and distraction. Stranger anxiety.
Allow for regression. Be sensitive to child’s fear of separation and