The symptoms of grief and loss are often present in children when they experience a significant loss of relationship, whether through death, divorce, estrangement, relocation or abandonment. Multiple changes in the child’s life also evoke similar reactions. Children experience loss through a change of home, neighborhood, school, daycare, friends and their community.
Although critical decisions need to be made at the time of divorceJN0-541 regarding property, financial assets and lifestyle, it is important to consider the child’s adjustment to change and loss. The introduction of a “significant partner” of the parent at this time may also complicate and intensify their grief. It is normal for children to evidence3101 symptoms of grief and loss during family disruption. Each child’s temperament and stage of development will have an impact on how they respond and adapt to loss. Too many changes in a short period of time may overwhelm the child’s ability to adapt and cope. It is recommended that parents be flexible and understanding when their child(ren) experiences distress.300-208