Children see the world differently than we do, so it's no surprise that they often grieve differently than adults. This is particularly true when it's a child's first experience with loss or if they're young.
Young children, after all, may not truly understand what death means or how it will impact them. Children under the age of five may even have trouble understanding that someone who has passed won't be coming back.
Processing the death of someone we cared about can rock us to our core. It can cause us to face our own mortality, adjust our lives, and even question our fate. In some cases, the loss may even cause a lack of stability in your life, either emotional or financial.
Many people who are blessed enough to not have experienced grief personally often have absolutely no idea of what to say to someone who has recently gone through a loss.
Unfortunately, it's not uncommon that in an attempt to say something comforting, we often fall back on cliches that we've heard before. In some cases, however, these cliches can actually hurt more than they help.
When we lose someone we love, our whole world can standstill. It's normal to be withdrawn, to find yourself spending more time on the couch or in bed, trying to wrestle with grief.
While you definitely need time to fall apart on the couch, many people also find it helpful to take steps to move along the healing process as soon as possible. Those steps can be baby steps, too-- that's okay!
There's plenty of evidence that one of the best ways to start moving through your grief is to get outside of your home and into the sunshine... even if you're simply taking a few steps into your own backyard.