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Just like grief differs from person to person… it differs based on age, especially for children. Take for example the two paintings below. Each were created by kids of Kate’s Club, the first by the teens and the second one by the “tweens”. The groups were asked to depict what grief looks like to them.
Mural created by Kate’s Club Teens
The teen’s painting illustrated their ability to connect with a variety of emotions through grief.
Mural created by Kate’s Club “Tweens”
The “tweens” painting reveals more concrete images and reactions to grief.
If you are helping a child deal wade through the range of emotions encountered during grief, click here for a matrix from the Children’s Grief Education Association on what you can expect and what a child needs depending on their age.