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The childʹ s experience of death in preschool period

Claudia Gogala (2017) The childʹ s experience of death in preschool period. Diploma thesis.

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    Abstract

    In a theoretical part of my research work different ways of the loss of someone very near and dear to a child are described. The stages of a griefprocess, the understanding of death among children of different ages and their common reactions when learning the person who they loved dearly died have been defined. A great deal of my research work focuses on showing the interaction of parents and nursery school teachers and on the ways of prepairing children to accept the grieving child properly. Five parents whose child experienced the loss of someone he loved and five nursery schoolteachers who have already had a grieving child in their classes were included in the research. While interviewing them it became obvious to me that all the interviewed parents were supporting the idea of involving the teachers in helping the grieving child to process his grief. Nevertheless the majority of the interviewed parents missed such an involvement of the teachers. Parents went through their own grief and did not feel competent to trouble them with their own grieving. All of the interviewed parents discussed the loss with their child in a way that seemed the most appropriate at the time. On the other hand most of the nursery school teachers feel competent enough to help a child through grief but none of them actually got involved without being asked by parents or other caregivers. The research makes it obvious the nursery teachers occasionally talk to their children about death, specially when a grieving child is included in a class. None of them had discussed the topicof death and grief before the actual loss occured or before the grieving child was included into her class. All of them are aware of the childrenʹs literature discussing death and grief but only two of five have actually used it. One of the nursery teachers has never discussed the theme of death with children, neither before nor after the event took place because she has never observed the symptoms of destress developed in children and consequently she did not wish to upset them. Later she found out she would certainly discuss the topic of death and grief with them if a chance to find, for instance, a dead animal occured.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: death, taboo subject, nursery school child, nursery school education, nursery school
    Number of Pages: 50
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Marcela Batistič ZorecMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=11681097)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 4618
    Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2017 08:29
    Last Modified: 11 Sep 2017 08:29
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/4618

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