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Five signs your child is grieving

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By accepting loss, we become emotionally healthy and can move forward, says Shellie Solomon, president of Children of Inmates based in nearby Broward County.

The grieving process has five stages: blame, denial, guilt, anger and acceptance. Children express these feelings through verbal, emotional and physical behaviors, such as: 

  • Talking or avoiding talk about the loss
  • Physical complaints, such as stomachaches or headaches
  • Academic failures or hyper achievement
  • Appearing clingy, especially in younger children
  • Regressive behaviors, typically in older children


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