A father whose daughter had died, once told me his grief was like a snow globe. Life slowly resumed – like the snow resettling after it had been shaken – and only he knew that nothing was where it had been before, writes Anne Harris in a article about child’s grief in The Guardian.
Anyone who works with grieving children will know this is particularly true for them, too. I’ve been doing so for more than 30 years. I was a nurse and then a social worker before joining the Rainbow Trust children’s charity 11 years ago. We support whole families caring for a life-threatened or terminally ill child. Their siblings are a vital focus for us.
I know that working with grieving children is hugely rewarding but it is also very emotionally draining. Despite years of training, you can’t help but give yourself entirely to children who are dealing with the deepest sense of loss. In doing so, you often relive your own experiences of grief, which can be a hard burden to carry……[lees verder]