Secondary & Cumulative Losses

When children are grieving the death of someone close to them, they mourn not only the loss of the person, but also need to adjust to a wide range of secondary losses that follow, such as changes in relationships with those associated with the deceased, schools, finances, lifestyle, and peer group status. Adults who are providing support to these children can help them greatly by addressing these secondary losses. It’s also helpful for adults to be aware of the challenges of cumulative loss, especially for children living in violent communities. This module expands the context of the struggles grieving children face to address their secondary losses as well as incidents of cumulative loss.

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The importance of identifying and addressing secondary losses

The added burden of cumulative loss, especially for children living in violent communities

For more information on supporting grieving children, refer to The Grieving Student: A Teacher’s Guide by David Schonfeld and Marcia Quackenbush.