Cls now that daddy is dead his body doesnt work

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CLS: Now that daddy is dead, his body doesn’t work anymore. He can’t talk, eat, sleep, walk, or see anymore. He is no longer in any pain. Child: Oh. Then what is daddy doing now that he is dead? CLS: What do you think he would be doing? Child: I think he is playing football up in heaven in poppop! One of my favorite quotes in the text is “when we discuss death with our children openly, we allow them to live more freely” (Doka, 1995). I think it is imperative to be honest with our children when discussing death. When we are honest with children, they not only gain accurate, factual knowledge, but they also gain trust in you. In my dialogue, the child struggled with the concept of irreversibility. However, giving the child a direct answer, explaining death is permanent allows them to learn factual knowledge. In addition, the dialogue portrayed the child having a misconception that dead people can talk to you. It is common for young children to have magical thinking.
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Having honest, open conversations with children about death allows adults to learn children’s misconceptions and refute these beliefs. When writing this dialogue, what I found most difficult was articulating the information in a way that is honest yet not too blunt. I tried my best to make it developmentally appropriate for a young child to understand. Discussing death can be difficult. I feared my answer may be too much and scare the child. I found utilizing open-ended questions much easier. When the child asked a question regarding afterlife, I had the CLS turn it around on the child, asking
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