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Interpersonal Skills Training by Alan Wolfelt

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CHAPTER 21

CHILDREN AND GRIEF

Obviously, funeral directors are often in an excellent position to offer guidance and support to both parents and children during times of death and grief. You have the opportunity to provide compassionate care to bereaved families while embracing the reality that children are frequently the “forgotten mourners.”

We now realize that the capacity to grieve does not focus only on one’s ability to “understand,” but instead upon one’s ability to “feel.” Any child, regardless of chronological age, that is capable of loving is capable of grieving. While the very young child may not have the ability to comprehend the total meaning of death, primarily because of inability to sense time and space, this inability makes the ...

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