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Children 3–5 Years of Age: Narrative

Grace Hyslop Christ

in Healing Children's Grief

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780195105919
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195105919.003.0006
Children 3–5 Years of Age: Narrative

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This chapter presents the story of Katja, who was 4 when her father died. Like so many of the 3- and 4-year-olds, she played rather than spoke her thoughts. It was her older sister and her mother who talked a great deal about Katja. However, this story is also about how pre-operational children experience and think about the illness, death, and reconstitution of their family. So the story is also about Lara, who was 2 1/2 when her father was diagnosed, 5 when he became terminal, and 7 when he died. Her recollections, understanding and reactions, which she shared generously, are those of a pre-operational child. Like so many of the 6- to 8-year-old girls, she was very garrulous; she loved the attention and the opportunity to talk to the interviewer. She loved being knowledgeable and opinionated, all attributes that made her an excellent raconteur. She had had a lot of practice in this. Her mother loved her chatty style and found in her a kindred spirit.

Keywords: pre-school children; bereavement; bereaved children; death; surviving parents; families; pre-operational children

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