Most children will have experienced the death of a loved one by the end of high school, some much sooner. The Center recognizes that children's grief is unique, and that ignored grief can cause difficulties later in life: physically, emotionally and behaviorally. Unresolved grief in children and teens can lead to depression, violence, truancy, eating disorders, alcoholism, drug abuse, anxiety and suicide.
Research shows that the death of a parent may be THE most traumatic single event to affect the well-being and health of a developing child and adult. Depression, schizophrenia, drug problems and alcohol use may be linked to childhood bereavement. Often it takes years for these behaviors to surface. The Suncoast Kid's Place helps provide support so that families may continue their lives with hope, confidence and strength.”