chapter  13
The Role of Death Education in Helping Students to Cope with Loss
Pages 16

Many adults think of childhood as an idyllic time, filled with joy and innocence. While this image may be well-intentioned, the reality of life for most children is quite different. Life brings changes to every child and many of these involve loss. Perhaps the most profound loss a child must face is the death of someone they love. Because some adults try to maintain that image of innocence and joy, they would like to believe that children do not need any special knowledge about death and grief, which may leave children isolated and forced to cope on their own when a death occurs. Schools and teachers can play an important role in helping students to examine loss and grief before such a crisis occurs. This chapter presents the views of one educator/parent of the benefits of the classwork that has come to be called "death education."