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Bereavement Across the Lifespan

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Individuals in infancy and early adulthood have inferior knowledge and understanding about death and likely to experience no grief. However, individuals at the two stages of development may experience extended effects of grief experienced by elder siblings. The main loss that individuals in the two stages may experience relates attachment that the bereaved persons enjoyed with the deceased. The psychological strength of a child’s mind is still and this makes it easy to control or play with their mind psychologically to avoid shock or grief in case of a parent loss.
Infants or children are under the guardian or parental care leaving them with no ambitions and real desires in life. They do not think of their death making them mentally and psychologically steady (Folkman, 2001). A parent or a guardian directs or controls their lives to avoid risky activities that can lead to life-loss. Infants totally have no grief over a parent loss though seem to have a little feeling that easily disappear due to the absence of a parent. There are very many orphans left at this stage and have managed to grow up without any psychological disturbances. Death or grief at this point makes no meaning because they do not understand the realities of life. They do not even think about their own death and this makes the reaction here less. In fact, it is usually easy to make children perceive the absence of parents or close siblings due to death as due to the deceased gone for a journey or sleeping.