May 2005, Volume 35 Number 5 , p 24 - 25
© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 35(5) May 2005 p 2425 Mourning a classmate's death [INSIGHTS ON DEATH & DYING: CHILD'S EMOTIONS]
UFEMA, JOY RN, MS
My brother's 7-year-old son, Mike, is grieving for a classmate who died about a month ago from a rare hematologic disorder. He's usually a tough little guy, but he sometimes breaks into tears when I babysit. Is this the kind of behavior you'd expect for a boy his age? C.N., VA.
I think Mike is expressing his grief normally. He may feel comfortable enough with you to release pent-up feelings that he's reluctant to express to his dad, precisely because he's always been labeled tough.
As any pediatric nurse knows, children aren't just small adults, either physically or emotionally. They mourn differently than adults and have emotions they ...