Article Published: 1/19/2023
Grief can occur across the lifespan. It takes many forms and can come as a response to many varied causes. People experiencing grief at different ages or for different reasons can require distinct approaches to healing. In this article, we have collected some resources appropriate for different life stages.
“Grief, unfortunately, is one of the few things in life that does not discriminate,” says Kirsten Goard, grief counselor with the Kids Path program. “It is something that we will all experience at some point in our lives, and for that reason many people begin to develop the idea that they should just be able to ‘get over it.’ Support groups can be a great resource for both kids and adults alike. Having your feelings normalized goes a long way in the grief process.”
“Grief support is critical for any age, but especially with children,” says Goard. “Students need to know that their grief is acknowledged, and that they are seen and heard.”
Children may experience grief due to the loss of a loved one. Understanding and coping with loss provides unique challenges for children, but these resources are available to help.
Many forms of grief can strike during adulthood. In addition to the grief that comes with loss of a loved one, adults may experience grief over the loss of a job or due to troubles with fertility. Fortunately, many resources are available to help.
Seniors may experience grief for the same reasons as younger adults. As adults age, they are more likely to experience the loss of friends and loved ones and may have to deal with these many times. In addition to the resources listed above for adults, there are resources available specifically for seniors.
Grief is something everyone deals with in their life, yet it is a topic many find difficult to talk about. For those experiencing grief at any stage of life, professional counseling is a vital resource. Each person experiences grief differently, and there is no substitute for the personalized approach counseling offers.
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