Great Answers to Difficult Questions About Death: What Children Need to Know

Author(s): Linda Goldman

Grief & Loss | Grief

Why do people die?
Where is heaven?
Will I die too? What happens to me?

Death is never an easy subject for discussion and adults can have difficulty finding the right words when talking about it with children. This book explores children's thoughts and feelings on the subject and provides parents and other caring adults with guidance on how to respond to difficult questions.

The author covers some of the common questions that children ask about death and provides sensitive yet candid answers in a way that children will be able to understand and relate to. Each chapter is devoted to a particular issue, such as religious beliefs, coming to terms with terminal illness, and fear of forgetting someone when they are gone. The book recognizes the emotions and reactions of children and family members and includes separate conclusions for parents and children.

This handy guide offers useful advice for parents and will also be of interest to counsellors and other professionals working with children.


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Linda Goldman is a licensed counsellor and has a Fellow in Thanantology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement with an MS degree in counselling and Master's Equivalency in early childhood education. Linda worked as a teacher and counsellor in the school system for 20 years. She has written many articles on counselling and taught and lectured at various universities, most recently in the Graduate Program of Counselling at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Linda has a private grief therapy practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland, where she now lives. She is author of Children also Grieve: Talking about Death and Healing (Jessica Kingsley Publishers).

Preface.; 1. Why did my mommy have to die?; 2. What does dead mean? How do people die?; 3. Where was God when I needed him? How could God let my brother die?.; 4. Where is my person? What is heaven?; 5. Is my mom dying? What can I do?; 6. I am very sick. Who can I talk to about dying?; 7. I worry a lot. Will I die or will you die?; 8. Will I forget my dad? What if I forget him? How can I remember?; 9. Is it my fault my mother died? Did she suffer?; 10. How do other kids grieve? Sometimes I feel alone.; 11. I'm scared too. What can I do to feel safe?; 12. How can I remember with friends and family? Can I go to the funeral too? A final note. A Checklist for Children. For caring adults. Useful Websites and Children's Resources.

General Fields

  • : 9781849058056
  • : Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • : Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • : June 2009
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Linda Goldman
  • : Paperback
  • : 155.937083
  • : 112
  • : 10 line drawings