- A person in grief does not have an illness that needs to be diagnosed and cured.
- Mourning is a natural reaction to the loss of someone significant in our life.
- Mourning is a process, a journey, not a one-time event.
- Children, teens, and adults have the innate ability to work through the pain of grief and move toward healing.
- Favorable circumstances and loving support can help move the process along.
- Children and adults benefit from a relaxed, supportive environment with a peer group which has suffered similar losses.
- Grieving children will often talk through or play out their concerns and fears if provided a safe, confidential, supportive environment.
- Providing a family systems approach to grief support is essential to the emotional healing of children and adults.
- A person’s feelings on the grief journey are their feelings. It isn’t up to us to talk them out of their feelings or to try to change the way they are feeling.