Geri Anasayfa

Detay


How to Explain Concept of Death to Children in Early Childhood

Abstract
This paper investigates how children understand death and feel about it, and how they should be told about the concept in early childhood. If children witness the death of a beloved in early childhood, they might begin to question the phenomenon. Thus, it is significant to support children suffering the outcomes of a death, and help them develop an understanding about it. Piaget’s theory of cognitive development and related researches indicate that while a true appreciation of death happens at puberty during which abstract thinking improves, children between 0-6 could also be aware of death as a fact. In conclusion, aspects of child development and children’s perception of death should be considered, and an appropriate language should be used to assist children understand death as a reality when it is told in early childhood.

Keywords
early childhood, death, explaining death