Most children will have experienced the death of a significant person 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.”
The holidays can be a difficult time for those grieving a death. Below are a few tips that may help your family cope during the holiday season. These tips were taken from the article "64 Tips for Coping with Grief at the Holidays."
1. Acknowledge that the holidays will be different and they will be tough.
4. Create new tradition in memory of your significant person.
7. Remember that not everyone will be grieving the same way you are.
12. Be honest. Tell people what you DO want to do for the holidays and what your DON’T want to do.
26. Don’t feel guilty about skipping events if you are in holiday overload!
37. Put out a photo table with photos of your loved one at holiday celebrations in the past.
51. Say yes to help. There will be people who want to help and may offer their support. Take them up on their offers.
63. Enjoy yourself! The holidays will be tough, but there will also be love and joy.
Find more articles about the holidays at www.whatsyourgrief.com.