What is Life on Earth all about? How did it Begin? How has it developed? How will it continue? The Earth, Life on Earth: Plants, Animals, and Humans? The Past, the Present, and the Future? Forming a Family, Conception, Life before Birth, Birth, Human Development, Maturity, Old Age, Death? Early Humans, Great Civilizations, the Present, the Future? Religions, Spiritual Paths, Philosophies? How much do we need/How much is too much: Poverty and Riches? The Health of the Earth, Plants, Animals, and Humans today? Poverty, Disaster, and Disease? War and Peace? Relationships, Work, and Play: Collaboration over Competition? Communities, Common Ground, and Consensus?
“I’m going to most of the Conversations with Donna Bryant Goertz,” said the mom, “as many as I can, anyway,” she added. “But not the one on death! I can’t bring myself to think about dealing with this subject with my child. I’ll wait to face that when I have to.”
It is often during the elementary years that a child first experiences the death of a loved one – frequently a grandparent or great-grandparent, but sometimes and aunt, uncle, parent or sibling. These times can be very difficult and confusing for us as adults caring for elementary children. Younger children also suffer loss, but they may have an easier time accepting that this is just the way things are. It may be only much later that they revisit and truly comprehend the loss through a process of reflection.