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Why death should be discussed in school — and how teachers should handle it

from The Washington Post

How do you explain to hundreds of grade school children that a beloved kindergarten teacher with breast cancer is dying? That's the start of the following post, which takes up the rarely discussed subject of why it is important that teachers be equipped to discuss death with students who are confronted with the loss of a family member or friend and come to school trying to make sense of it. This was written by Kelly Michelson works in the pediatric critical care medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and is the editor of the Greater Illinois Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition newsletter. She is a member of the OpEd Project Public Voices Fellowship. more

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