Helping Children Cope With Grief

Guides

When to Get Professional Help

Grieving is a natural process and it takes time. But symptoms that persist beyond six months or are very impairing can indicate that your child may need professional help to overcome her grief. Some signs your child may need professional help include:

  • Nightmares
  • Belief that the world is generally unsafe
  • Irritability, anger and moodiness
  • Poor concentration
  • Appetite or sleep disturbances
  • Ongoing behavior problems
  • Persistent regression to earlier behavior in young children, such as clinging, bedwetting or thumb-sucking
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Detachment or withdrawal from others
  • Use of alcohol or drugs in teens
  • Inability or refusal to go to school, learn or play with friends
  • Anxiety
  • Ongoing depression
  • Suicidal thoughts