A child’s understanding of death
Each child is unique in their understanding of death. This understanding is largely influenced by the child’s developmental level and chronologic age. There can be tremendous overlap, however, between the age groups because children and adolescents move from one developmental level to another at very different rates. As mentioned children are cognitively not able to understand that death is universal, inevitable and irreversible when they are very young but develop a more mature understanding of death as they grow older. Their understanding of death will also differ according to personal experience of death.