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ERIC Number: ED076237
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Children's Experience with Death.
Zeligs, Rose
Children's concepts of death grow with their age and development The three-year-old begins to notice that living things move and make sounds. The five-year-old thinks that life and death are reversable, but the six-year-old knows that death is final and brings sorrow. Children from eight through ten are interested in the causes of death and what happens after death. Adolescents think of death and what happens after death is fearsome yet fascinating, since they are very much aware of the life producing potentialities in their own bodies. Children's reactions to an experience with death are greatly influenced by parental attitudes. Parents can best help children deal with death by not making it a taboo subject; by explaining to the child that death is final, by not sending him away during the mourning periods, by encouraging him to participate in the funeral rites of parents, siblings, and other relatives, and by talking freely about the dead person. Children should absorb from their parents the basic truth that death is part of life and must be accepted as a reality. (Author/KM)
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