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Grief and loss - children

grief; grieving; sadness; loss; ;

Children often have more needs at times of loss which can lead to demanding behaviour as they try to get closeness, care, information, reassurance and support from adults. The experience of loss affects each child differently.

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Parent Easy Guide written by Parenting SA - A partnership between the Department for Education and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network South Australia.

Contacts South Australia

  • Parent Helpline: Tel 1300 364 100
    24 hours a day, 7 days a week for advice on child health and parenting
  • Child and Family Health Centres: Tel 1300 733 606
    9am–4:30pm, Monday to Friday to make an appointment at your local Centre

Other resources

  • Parenting SA
    For other Parent Easy Guides including: Thinking divorce?, Family break-up, After the break-up, Dealing with a crisis, Young people - feelings and depression
  • Raising Children Network Information about raising children
  • Most public libraries will have, or be able to get, books about loss and grief for adults and children.  Have a talk to the librarian, asking for books suitable for your child's age. Bookshops with specialist sections for children are also likely to have books about loss and grief. 
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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.

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