Concepts of Death and Loss in Childhood and Adolescence

A Developmental Perspective
  • Linda J. Gudas
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


Professionals who deal with children who have experienced a significant loss face the overwhelming task of understanding their concerns and helping them struggle with their feelings. Children’s mourning is directly related to developmental efforts to make sense of and attempts to master the concept and experience of death. Clinicians working with children on such issues need to define a framework of grieving that is specific to children and that incorporates an understanding of the levels of comprehension of death in children at various ages and stages of growth and development. Such a framework could be applied to children experiencing loss through the death of a loved one, as well as loss experienced in the traumatic effects of war, technical or natural disasters, or violence.


Adolescent Psychiatry Grief Reaction Bereave Child Childhood Loss Acute Grief 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda J. Gudas
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  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, The Children’s HospitalHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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