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Parenting Beyond Belief, 2nd Edition by Dale McGowan

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DEALING WITH DEATHIN THE SECULAR FAMILY

REV. DR. KENDYL GIBBONS

The human impulse to deny the reality of death is deep and ancient. It affects us all, including our children. One of the challenges of parenting is to introduce this subject and help them respond to it in developmentally appropriate ways.

There is a great deal of helpful literature about how children deal with death, and both secular and religious children have the same needs for reassurance and support when they begin to confront mortality. The challenge for secular families is the absence of the comforting answers supplied by various faith traditions. Yet by telling the truth, providing emotional comfort, and validating the child’s own experiences, secular parents can give their ...

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