The purpose of this guide is to help parents and teachers support a child during loss. Using examples from daily life and step-by- step instructions the book explains the way children understand loss and death according to their age as well as appropriate ways to respond to common questions:
- How do we explain a parent’s serious illness to a child?
- Should children attend funerals?
- How do we behave when a sibling is seriously ill?
- How do we support a child witnessing a serious accident?
- How do we support a child with cancer?
- What do we tell a child when someone in the family commits suicide?
Teachers can also find useful material in this book pertaining to experiential activities to implement in the classroom as well as answers to questions:
- What can a teacher do when one of the students is seriously ill?
- How could school administration handle the death of a teacher or student?
- Why do we need to be proactive and help children understand loss prior to experiencing it?