Parents should be aware of normal childhood responses to death in the family as well as danger signals, write UTMB Drs. Sally Robinson and Keith Bly. “According to child and adolescent psychiatrists, it is normal during the weeks following the death for some children to feel immediate grief or persist in the belief that the family member is still alive. But long-tern denial of the death or avoidance of grief is unhealthy and can later surface in more severe problems.”