ERIC Number: ED392535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding Grief & Loss.
AECA Resource Book Series, v2 n4 Dec 1995
Although death is the one certainty in life, death or the grieving process is rarely discussed. Grief includes physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological reactions to loss, and is not limited to feelings about death. Grief can be the response to loss of home or country, separation or displacement, and changes resulting from new life stages. This issue of the ACEA Resource series gives practical information for Australian early childhood workers in helping children cope with grief, death, and loss. Definitions are given for loss, grief, and bereavement. Topics covered include: (1) the adult perspective; (2) the child's perspective; (3) how to talk to a child about death; (4) predictable and normal reactions to death; (5) the death of a sibling; (6) the chronically ill child; (7) the loss of a pet; (8) cultural influences on grief, asserting the importance of understanding different traditions associated with loss and grief; (9) the early childhood educator's responsibilities, including recognizing feelings, explaining clearly what has happened, monitoring vulnerable children and adults, and establishing an ongoing program that acknowledges the need to grieve; and (10) books for children dealing with loss, death, and grief. Contains 17 references. (BGC)
Descriptors: Adults, Affective Behavior, Bereavement, Books, Caregiver Role, Childhood Needs, Children, Childrens Literature, Coping, Cultural Awareness, Death, Early Childhood Education, Emotional Adjustment, Emotional Response, Foreign Countries, Grief
Australian Early Childhood Association, P.O. Box 105, Watson, Australian Capital Territory 2602, Australia (4 issues yearly, $34 Australian dollars, includes surface mail postage).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., Watson.