Children are commonly referred to as the “forgotten mourners.” Their understanding of death is frequently minimized or explained away as “too young to understand.” If a child is old enough to love, they are old enough to grieve. Their understanding of death may be different than adults, and this understanding will change with time, but children grieve. Even infants grieve. They are directly affected by the attachment and emotions surrounding them.
There are distinct differences in how children at different developmental levels feel, experience and express their grief.