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Grief and loss - children

grief; grieving; sadness; death; funeral; loss; ceremonies; feelings; changes; routines ;

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 Child Development and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network South Australia.
Ph: 08 8303 1660 



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
  • Beyond Blue
    Phone 1300 224 636 24 hours Information, phone and online support for people suffering grief and loss
  • Youth Beyond Blue Information and support for young people dealing with anxiety or depression
  • Kids Helpline Phone 1800 55 1800 Phone and online support for children 5 to 25 years
  • ReachOut Information, tools and support for young people dealing with everyday troubles or tough times
  • Kids Matter Information for parents and carers about children, grief and trauma
  • Trauma and Grief Network Information and resources for parents and carers of children and young people affected by trauma, grief and loss
  • GriefLink Information and resources for those experiencing death related grief
  • 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.  These also need to be suitable for your child's age. 

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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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