chapter  10
Using Ritual with Children and Adolescents Kenneth J. Doka
Pages 12

We not only protect children from death, but we also protect them from rituals about death. Such attempts are well intentioned. They seek to avoid upsetting the child or reminding them of the loss.

Yet, from time immemorial, rituals have provided a sense of comfort and support. To deprive children and adolescents of the power that rituals offer inhibits their coping adaptation to loss. Not only do they miss the benefit of the immediate ritual, they fail to learn an effective response that may assist them as they cope with future losses.