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Mr. Wordsworth posed an interesting question. What should a child know about death?
Often we try to protect children from death. Euphemisms are used regarding death. People and pets do not die, they "pass away," "go to sleep," or "go to live in heaven." When a death occurs in a family, the adults often say of a young child, "It doesn't seem to bother him. Maybe he doesn't realize what has happened." Other people may mention that "He has accepted it so well. Children adapt so easily."
Kaufman, Joyce Ann, "Death in Children's Literature" (1976). Honors Theses. 278.