children families and death


In this Discussion, you describe how the cognitive abilities at various stages of development influence a child’s understanding of death. Imagine yourself as the social worker helping a bereaved child. What skills and interventions would you use?


  • Explain the implications of young children’s magical thinking and egocentricity on their ability to understand death.
  • As a social worker, how can you assist a parent in helping a bereaved child, under 7 years of age, whose older brother died from a suicide by overdose?
  • Justify the type of treatment (individual, family, or group) that you would recommend.

Be sure to support your postings with specific references to the resources.

Edgar-Bailey, M., & Kress, V. E. (2010). Resolving child and adolescent traumatic grief: Creative techniques and interventions. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 5(2), 158–176. doi:10.1080/15401383.2010.485090

Werner-Lin, A., & Biank, N. M. (2012). Holding parents so they can hold their children: Grief work with surviving spouses to support parentally bereaved children. Omega: Journal of Death & Dying, 66(1), 1–16.