Death is a natural part of life. Children may have a better sense of the circle of life than adults as they watch Lion King, see bugs die, or their pet. It’s important to talk comfortably about death. Teach children what to say when people die and don’t treat it as a taboo subject. San Antonio has many resources for grief counceling at Mission Parks.com
It does not matter what your gender, age, political views or socio-economical status is, we all will deal with death. The Lion King teaches the circle of life as Tim Rice wrote and Elton John sang “Till we find our place,On the path unwinding
In the Circle, the Circle of Life.”
Hospice states, “Taking opportunities to talk to children about dead flowers, trees, insects, or birds may be helpful. Some young children show intense curiosity about dead insects and animals. They may wish to examine them closely or they may ask detailed questions about what happens physically to dead things. Although this interest may seem repulsive or morbid to us, it is a way of learning about death.” This opens the door to talk about all living things dying.
Leo Buscaglia writes a beautiful book for people of all ages called The Fall of Freddie the Leaf. Freddie is a leaf on the tree learning about life, making friends, watching the seasons, enjoying the children playing around him, and that he will fall and die, but new buds form and life continues.
Just as we teach our children to say “hi,” and shake someone’s hand, as they grow older they need to be taught to be able to tell people that they are sorry or sad about someone’s loss. It is important to speak of the experiences you had with the person who has died. Talking openly about how you will carry on with the knowledge you learned from this person is healing.
A good book speaking about the death of a grandparent is Nana upstairs and Nana downstairs” by Tomie dePaola. Tomie dePaola is an extraordinary author and illustrator who tells in this book about a 4 year old who has to say good-bye to his great-grandmother before she dies.
Accepting the natural part of death and not making it an untalked about subject, makes it easier when dealing with it when it is thrust upon you. Children can watch Lion King, see bugs die, read books with their parents such as The Fall of Freddie the Leaf or Nana upstairs and Nana downstairs. It’s important to talk comfortably about death. Teach children what to say when people die and don’t treat it as a taboo subject.
- Review of Freddie the Leaf
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