When Do Kids Understand Death?

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When Do Kids Understand Death?

If you work in the funeral business one day or another, there comes the bittersweet moment when a child will say “look grandpa is sleeping there”. Or something else – in any case very innocent and hurtful at the same moment. For everyone else in the room knows, that sleep is eternal.

It makes you wonder, when do children understand the concept of death? Or how do they perceive it differently from adults?
There is a wonderful article written by Virginia Hughes, in which she talks about the research done and how it can vary per individual.The main components of understanding death come down to three – irreversibility, ‘nonfunctionality’ and universality.

Read the full article and interesting comments at http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/07/26/when-do-kids-understand-death/

 

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