Kids and Grief: Supporting Grieving Children – Four Tasks of Grieving

In hospice palliative care, we work with all ages of the dying and the grieving.

This interview with renowned author, counsellor and educator Linda Goldman describes how to support children through the four psychological tasks of grieving.


  • 0’00” Introduction
  • 0:45 Linda shares some of her resources about children and grief.
  • 4:55 Four psychological tasks of grieving – Understanding, Grieving, Communucating and Growing
  • 5:15 Understanding means helping children to understand what death is.
  • 15:45 Characteristics of grieving children.
  • 22:00 End

Chapter 5, On Being Up Close and Personal with the Dying, in Essentials in Hospice Palliative Care, 2nd Edition, Katherine Murray, 2009.

Life and Loss – A Guide to Helping Grieving Children, Linda Goldman.

Breaking the Silence – Helping Children with Complicated Grief, Linda Goldman

Children Also Grieve, Linda Goldman

Bart Speaks Out About Suicide, Linda Goldman

Written and recorded by Katherine Murray and Linda Goldman
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Life and Death Matters 2010