Here is part 2 in Jennie’s excellent series.
In Part 1, I opened the doors to talking with young children about death and dying. Finding a dead bunny on the playground was the opportunity I needed. Children are often angry when a pet or loved one dies. I shared an excellent book that can help children, The Rough Patch, by Brian Lies. It is beautifully illustrated and just won a Caldecott award. Highly recommended.
Death and dying – the dreaded “D” words. Teachers are uncomfortable talking about it. Parents are afraid to talk about it. Often the subject is swept under the rug or avoided altogether. Sometimes well-meaning answers such as, “She is on a cloud in the sky,” can be confusing for children.
Here’s the thing: Children feel. Children know. But children don’t have the words to tell you. They have a hundred thoughts and images running through their brain…
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