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HOW CHILDREN THINK ABOUT DEATH INFANCY Thoughts: No concept of death. Reacts to parents’ emotional state. Experiences separation anxiety. Behavior: Crankiness and crying. May stop eating, vomit, or break out in a rash. May become very “clingy.” Interventions: Wrap infant in a warm blanket. Offer reassurance by holding the child. Keep his routine as normal as possible. If you are too distraught, have a close friend or relative feed, bathe, or put the child to bed so that he feels cared for during these important times. 2-5 years Thoughts: Very curious about life and death. Sees death as temporary, reversible, and measurable in degrees. Believes death only happens to other people. Sees death in magical terms and may think that dead people live underground. Child may think that sibling died because he once wished the sibling dead. Behavior : May show little concern. Child may regress to infantile behavior and fear separation. Child may also make inappropriate comments such as “My brother was bad and he had to leave us.”
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  • Fall '17
  • Julie Gwin

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