Dr Zoe Krupka writes regularly, for The Conversation. In a recent article she wrote of the need to comfort a child whose sibling has died. The evidence is very strong that grieving children of all ages need to be involved at every level in discussions about death and in the planning and performing of death rituals. She argued, that if we are going to make room for them, we have to get across our own death material and be prepared to answer painful, graphic and profound existential questions about death and dying.
To tell the truths about death to children and to really include them in family and community meaning-making is to expose our culture’s myths of death and dying, whatever they are, to profound criticism and scrutiny.
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