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Children and Grief: Developmentally Speaking
Dolores F. Meier and Deanna B. Eddy
Working with children requires an understanding of the complexities of childhood grief. In the 1940s, developmental theorists studied the phenomena of grieving children. Early research on children experiencing death of a close loved one concluded that a child had to achieve a level of understanding about self and the finality; death is not reversible and everyone dies (Stroebe, Hansson, Stroebe, Schut, 2001). Several chapters in Stroebe et al. (2001) provided extensive literature reviews.