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What is loss A loss can be anything from the death of a close friend or a family member to losing a card game Our feelings of loss flow out of our reaction to change The changes we grieve as loss reflect our personal values Grieving is basically mourning the lost part of ourselves that we invested in the person place or object that we have lost Parents too often rush their children through their grief or deny them the right to grieve at all A child who is denied the right to grieve or discouraged from showing his loss feelings quickly learns to deny the pain of loss By denying children the right to feel and express their pain we are teaching them not to think not to feel We rob them of their chance to grow emotionally Parents who respect their childs right to grieve teach them that loss is a natural part of life and that persons and objects are not permanent Grief offers the opportunity to establish or reestablish values and goals Understanding a childs grief through attentive and reflective listening is important if they are to learn that grieving is a natural response to loss Grief is a process of stages through which we pass when we experience a loss The ten stages of loss are 1The stage of shock acts as a cushion allowing us time to grasp the fact of the loss without feeling the pain of the loss 2The stage of sobbing is when we begin to acknowledge the pain of our loss It is our natural way of releasing the initial pain 3The stage of physical symptoms of unresolved grief includes vomiting insomnia diarrhea and trembling 4The stage of rationalizing or comparing our loss with others loss is our way of lessening our own grief feelings 5The stage of craziness is characterized by faulty judgments and hasty decisions We also believe that wishing or
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