VISTAS Trauma, Grief, Disaster, and Crisis Counseling

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Understanding Grief and Loss in Children

Jody J. Fiorini and Jodi A. Mullen


In relation to children, we very often expect certain events in a child’s life to be exciting or happy when in actuality the child responds with fear and anger. For instance, parents might assume that moving to a nicer, larger home within the same school district would be a rather exciting, positive opportunity for their child since the disruption would seem, from their perspective, to be minimal. Therefore, when the child responds with anger or sadness the parents are dumbfounded.

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