Babies and toddlers:
- have little understanding of what death means
- may expect the person to return which can lead to searching for the person who has died
- can feel abandoned and will become clingy
- may cry inconsolably to show their anxiety and insecurity.
- cannot grasp the permanence of death
- may expect person to return, this can lead to searching for the person who has died
- struggle with concept of someone not being alive
- need reassurance that dead people do not need food, drink or warmth
- ask many questions
- may become anxious or fearful
- may regress in their behaviour
- can be sensitive to the emotions and behaviour of adults around them, particularly if they have not been told or do not understand what has happened.