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Death and Dying and Loses in Children
Debra Mayers
HNG 577: Dr. Sprung
10/28/2012

Death and Dying and Losses in Children * The death of a parent is one of the most difficult events a child might face. * It prematurely exposes the child to the unpredictability of life and the tenuous nature of daily existence. * Children loosing something or someone can significantly change his or her lives. * Helping children understand the dying process will enable one to understand the grieving process. * If children cannot understand the grieving process, it can alter their lives and create unhealthy habits into adulthood.
(Bushardt, Reamer & Taylor, 2011).
Loss and Grief * Grief is a natural reaction to loss and is ongoing for children developmental process. * Children reacts to grief is different and may be influenced by many factors. * Children s’ perceptions of death reflects on their understanding and maturity. * Children’s maturity depends on their age, cognitive ability, and their existing experiences with life. * Children responding to death are strongly influenced by socialization and their understanding and the maturity level of that individual child.
(Heath, Leavy, Hansen, Ryan, Lawrence, & Sonntag, 2008).
Issues Facing Families * Teachers and family care providers, family members and counselors can create an environment that supports the children emotional needs. * When educators create that environment with empathy and emotional support allow the children to learn more about themselves and have better understanding their own emotional experiences. * The experiences lay the foundations for the lifelong ability to reflect on one’s own emotions and responds appropriately.
(Adams, 2011).

Grieving and Children ability to Cope * Children react differently from adults during the grieving…...

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