Supporting bereaved primary age children

  • Children at this age develop an understanding that people can’t come back once they have died.
  • Younger children may show ‘magical thinking’ and feel they are in some way to blame for the person’s death.
  • They may develop a fascination with death and want lots of details - death is spooky and scary.
  • They may have strong feelings of loss but struggle to express this in words. They will need help in finding words and may show their grief through their behaviour - anything from withdrawal to anger and aggression.
  • They have a real sense of feeling ‘different’ from their friends and this can lead them to feeling quite isolated.

Download our handout for more detailed information on how to support bereaved primary age children. 

Useful reading

Under the 'suggested reading' section of our website we have listed lots of books and resources that may help you with supporting a grieving child. Our list of primary age books can be found here.