While grief is a commonly shared experience, many adults don’t understand how children process death or grieve. These resources will help.

Children outgrow many difficult things about childhood, fear of the dark, aversion to new situations, or anxiety about school. But a child never outgrows the death of someone they love.

According to research conducted by the New York Life Foundation, a parent’s death usually makes a severe impact on a child. 85% of children have trouble sleeping, angry outbursts, worry, depression, bed-wetting, and thumb-sucking. Some of these behaviors may fade, but in time other problems, such as lack of confidence and preoccupation with illness may continue. Research also shows that unaddressed grief in children can lead to higher rates of depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, recurring illness, decreased productivity, substance abuse, and suicide.