Death of a Parent

Cassandra Aiken & Nicole Hammer

Effects on Family Structure

Parents death ends a child's relationship with someone of central emotional importance with potential for; straining his or her relationship with the remaining parent, worsening the family's economic status and living situation, creating pressure on responsibilities of the dead parents and isolating the child from friends.

Death of Parent in the Media

Childrens and Adults Reaction to Loss and Grief

Adults and children essentially go through the same stages of grief but children display them differently then adults do. These stages include shock and numbness followed by grief and depression, then an emotionally distancing from the loss, and finally creative adaptation to the loss.