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Grief (easy read)

grief; changes; lose; love; feel; better; help; lost; sad; ;


What is grief?

When you lose something you feel sad.

Sometimes when things change for you, you feel sad, too - even good changes.

  • This is because you can lose something even when there is a good change.
  • For example when you move to a new house you might find new friends but lose some old ones.

What have you lost that made you feel sad?


fish            skate board             birdbird
                             skate board

bike                             dog  dog

catcat             friend




You may have moved house or schools.

You may have lost someone or something.

How do you feel?

* Someone or something has gone out of your life.
* Your life will not be the same.
* You feel sad and upset.

What can you do?

Look at the picture below.
* It is like a path that you can walk on until you feel better.
* It shows you feelings that people have when they lose someone.
* If you get stuck on a feeling for a long time you may need help.

The Grief Path

It's not fair What happened? I should have Not true! I can manage
grief path I feel sick
It's true
I remember
I'm OK now
I'm too sad
  • Look at the coloured boxes.
  • Which words do you think will fit with the feelings on the grief path?

Things that help you get better

* Tell someone how you feel.
* Remember.
* Think about the good times you had.
* Make a special memory, make a book of photos and stories.
* Draw a picture.
* Write a story - get someone to help you.
* Plant a special plant to remind you.
* Listen to others talking about the things they remember.
* Talk about what you remember.
* After a while you still think of the past, but not all the time.
* Its time to get on with your life.

If you have lost something or someone, there are some things to do on the next page (PDF - 46kb) which may help you. Print out the page if you want to draw or write on it .

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We've provided this information to help you to understand important things about staying healthy and happy. However, if you feel sick or unhappy, it is important to tell your mum or dad, a teacher or another grown-up.


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