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ERIC Number: EJ894871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
Supporting Grieving Children in Early Childhood Programs
Perkins, Kaarin D.; Mackey, Bonnie
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v36 n3 p13-19 Fall 2008
Approximately 2 million people die each year in the United States. If each individual death affects only five other people, there are close to 10 million people grieving a new death each year in this country. Children who have lost a loved one through death can be in very difficult situations. While they are attempting to cope with the shock and confusion of a death, other family members who are themselves grieving often find it difficult to assist grieving children. Although people can grieve any number of losses, for the purposes of this article, grief is defined as intense sorrow as the result of the permanent loss of a relationship through death. It is imperative that educators assist young children and their families with this crisis. This article offers teaching practices which can help support children and families through their grief. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A