Bereavement is a temporary sadness related to a major loss.
Bereavement typically lasts less than 2 months after the loss, but some
symptoms of bereavement may last as long as 6 months. Some reasons children or
teens feel bereaved include:1
Mourning a loss is healthy as long as the child has a sense of
reality about the death or loss and eventually is able to accept the loss as
part of life. Most children will occasionally become sad about their loss again
at different times during the next few months or even years.
If bereavement is constant and lasts longer than 2 months or is
associated with feelings of guilt, thoughts of death, or a preoccupation with
worthlessness, the child may be experiencing major
American Academy of Pediatrics (1996). Classification of Child and Adolescent Mental Diagnoses in Primary Care: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Primary Care Child and Adolescent Version, pp. 153–160. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of
April 5, 2011
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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