ERIC Number: ED164129
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Family Centered Unit for Helping Children Become Aware of Death.
Weber, Joseph A.
The purpose of this curriculum unit is to help parents equip their children with a viable attitude toward living a fulfilling life which includes an acceptance of death as well as an examination of their own fears and feelings toward death. The family is seen as the major educator of children in matters of interpreting and understanding the life cycle. Parents become the key instruments in shaping and molding their children's awareness of death within the context of their own belief. Children at various cognitive age levels will view death quite differently. Even within each developmental stage children are unique individuals who grow and develop at different rates. Open and honest communication between parents and children is imperative. Parents can and, it is suggested, should incorporate an ecological perspective of the life cycle into their children's developmental growth processes. This can be done through informal discussions, family projects, suggested readings, or family activities. The ecological perspective will give parents the needed confidence to communicate with their children on topics related to the birth-life-death cycle. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Symposium for Children and Families on Home-Based Services (1st, Iowa City, Iowa, April 24-26, 1978)