Talking Death and Dying with Children – Part 3


Here is part 3 of Jennie’s excellent series on talking about death and dying with children.

A Teacher's Reflections

In Part 2, I talked about the dreaded “D” words – death and dying – that teachers and parents fear.  I introduced a gentle and friendly book, City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, that may be helpful in starting a dialogue with children.  Ask.  Listen.  Answer.  Talk.  And read aloud.

Part 3
Death is really the grand finale to the circle of life.  It encompasses all we experience; friendship, sadness, love, fear, joy… it is a fitting end to the memories of living.  One book that gives the greatest tribute to life, death, and everything in between is Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White.  It is my #1 read-aloud every school year.

When I finish reading our first chapter book of the school year, Charlotte’s Web, children are engrossed in this book because it is a story about the heart – and my most important job…

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11 thoughts on “Talking Death and Dying with Children – Part 3

  1. This really moved me, especially once I clicked through to the full post/article. I’m not aware of death having been dealt with at all by schools, especially with very young children and I wonder if I gave enough to my son in order for him to deal with it in a better way or if he’d had some form of education around the subject before he needed it. He lost his best Nana at age 7 and Grandad at 10.

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