Talking to Children About Death and Dying
How should parents and caregivers address the topic of death with children? The death of a family friend or grandparent, or even a pet, often triggers all sorts of questions and feelings. How can we adults figure out what kids really want to know, assist them in processing their tangled emotions, and help them understand the grief of the adults around them?
In this workshop, we’ll explore current children’s books about death, aimed at kids aged 2 to teen, and look at the role of storytelling in understanding loss. With Marjorie Ingall, columnist and children’s book critic for Tablet Magazine and frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review. Ingall is also the author of Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children. She was formerly The East Village Mamele columnist for The Forward and the senior writer and books editor for the late, lamented Sassy magazine.