Life Span Issues and Loss, Grief, and Mourning: Childhood and Adolescence

Authored by: Kevin Ann Oltjenbruns

Handbook of Thanatology

Print publication date:  May  2013
Online publication date:  July  2013

Print ISBN: 9781138430815
eBook ISBN: 9780203767306
Adobe ISBN: 9781136726507


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Research indicates that the experience of grief after a significant loss changes as life stages vary. Corr (1996) reminds us that developmental processes play an important role in determining how an individual deals with loss, as well as how one’s bereavement experience may then influence subsequent development. Further, a person’s understanding of the concept of death changes over time, as does the use of particular coping strategies. A primary goal of this chapter is to build an argument that, to be effective in helping the bereaved, we must use a developmental perspective. Examples relevant to childhood and adolescence will be used for illustration purposes.

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