Death Denying? I don’t think so…

The National Allicance for Grieving Children blog tries to make a comparison on how society represents death in movies and other ways and how families tend to be reluctant to discuss death with their children.  Children are very resilient and need the adults in their life take the time to have honest, caring conversations with their children about death and grief.  This conversation needs to take into consideration  the developmental age of the child and other factors that influence the conversation.  Children grieve  in spurts and many times once  their questions are answered  they are satisfied until the next question or occasion presents itself.  -Sister Joyann Repp, MSN,RN  Bereavement Coordinator for Agnesian HealthCare, Hospice Hope and Grief Relief.

Here is an excerpt from the blog:

Let’s not be fooled…we don’t live in a completely death denying society. On the contrary, we are fascinated with death and explore those themes in many of our artistic expressions from movies and music to books and art. If there is any problem when it comes to dealing with death and grief in our society, it is that too often we leave it up to Hollywood to explore these themes with our children while we as parents remain silent on the subject.

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About Dawn Rehrauer

Dawn is a Bereavement Counselor, and co-founder of Grief Relief, at Agnesian HealthCare. She has been working in this area for five years. She is passionate about helping those that have lost a significant person in their lives through their grieving process. Dawn can be reached by emailing

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