Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Early Childhood Education

Capstone Instructor

Nedra Robinson

Second Reader

Barbara Schoenbeck


early childhood education, childhood grief, childhood bereavement, mourning, developmentally appropriate practices


Childhood bereavement is often an uncomfortable topic among early care and education professionals. With tragedy occurring throughout the world, children are exposed to loss of life many times over before they become adults. Caregivers are often ill equipped to provide support for these children. Research shows that children who were unable to successfully progress through the mourning process have many difficulties as adolescents and adults. It is important to equip caregivers with adequate tools and resources to support these children. By identifying specific developmentally appropriate strategies, this project provides valuable, usable information to allow caregivers to meet the child at his or her level of understanding by taking into account developmental level, personality and life experiences.


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