Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Graphic Design and University Honors
Art + Design
Children and death, Picture books for children, Death in literature, Denial (Psychology)
This paper explores the ways children are taught about death and dying and how children's picture books can be utilized in difficult conversations of this nature. I go into the historical advent of books specifically for children and research how different ways of explaining death can help or hurt a child. Through this research, I explore how our situationality in a death denying culture has shaped how we explain death to children and what steps can be taken to counter this denial.
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Gould, Kami Sahalie Upshaw, "CONNECTION, COMPASSION, and HONESTY: Using Picture Books to Help Build a Healthier Relationship to Death in a Death-Denying Culture" (2021). University Honors Theses. Paper 1085.