A child will be deeply affected when they
experience death, whether it is the death of a family member or relative or a
friend. A child usually shows their feelings in different ways from adults.
Children won’t necessarily be verbal about their loss and usually express
their grief by their behaviour, emotions, thoughts and physical reactions. Children
express their grief and bereavement differently depending on their age, for example,
a two year old will experience death differently to a six year old. There are
a variety of factors that influence a child’s adjustment to death, such
as the type of death, the child’s personality and temperament, family structure
and prior relationship to the deceased person.