Understanding of death

Capturing death in animated films: Can films stimulate parent-child conversations about death?

We examined the type of death information in children's films and parent- child conversations. We found that children's animated films contained a lot of biologically accurate information about death, however many of the deaths were implied and not explicitly shown. Children asked a lot of question about death in films, and these questions resemble their questions about death in other settings.

Children's emerging understanding of death

We review research on children's understanding of death. In particular we examine how children learn about death by talking with parents, consuming media, and participating in cultural rituals.

Embracing Death: Mexican Parent and Child Perspectives on Death

We used a mixed-method approach to explore parent and child perspectives on death in Puebla, Mexico. While all children in this sample displayed a biological understanding of death, they also combined this knowledge with spiritual information.

Do you remember being told what happened to grandma? The role of early socialization on later coping with death

We examined how adults’ memories of socialization regarding death might influence their self-reported coping with losses in childhood and adulthood. We show that participants who remembered their parents shielding them less from issues related to death reported better coping as children and adults.