Presentation on theme: "Talking About Death. What is death? How Children React to Death Will experience grief over many years. Will be in touch with their grief when big events."— Presentation transcript:
Talking About Death
What is death?
How Children React to Death Will experience grief over many years. Will be in touch with their grief when big events occur Will continue even as they advance into adulthood Children grieve more often than adults
How Children React to Death Because the emotion of grief is so hard for them to handle, children will often focus for a time on something pleasant. Putting grief aside
How Children React to Death Children believe that death is reversible. To a small child, one hour may be "forever". Be consistent with your answers to question about the reality of death. A child needs to hear the same information over and over again until it begins to sink in. Preschoolers cannot comprehend the concept of "forever"
How Children React to Death How do you explain death? Ask the child, "What is life?“ Explaining to children "life" as we know it helps us to explain to children what "dead" is. What is "dead"
Coping With The Reality Of Death Strategies for telling a child about someone's illness
Coping With The Reality Of Death Maintain limits and boundaries
Coping With The Reality Of Death Preparing to visit the seriously ill
Coping With The Reality Of Death Preparing for the grieving process
When Death Strikes "Protecting" your child from reality
When Death Strikes Keep it simple and honest
When Death Strikes Should children be taken to funerals?
When Death Strikes Talking about the funeral
When Death Strikes Funerals and the reality of death
When Death Strikes Children need confirmation of death
When Death Strikes Funerals are for saying goodbye
When Death Strikes When not to take your child to the funeral
Web Site Raindrop – Death Education for Children of All Ages http://iul.com/raindrop/raindrp2.htm