Loss of a close friend or peer is as difficult for children as is it is for adults. We try to defend them against the greatest parts of the hardships of grief and loss, but we cannot discount that they are grieving. The way we guide our children will affect the way they look at loss in the future. Youth bereavement support groups and grief counseling for children may help your child, and this article by My Healthy Place titled "How to Comfort a Grieving Child" is a good reference for the adults in their lives.
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