Death and Children
University of Phoenix
April 7, 2014
Death and Children
This paper will discuss the finding from research gathered and personal experience that a child who loses a parent at a young age may struggle not only emotionally but also academically and socially. Losing a parent as a young child can have a detrimental effect on a child’s learning ability and emotional growth. Losing a parent at a young age can scare a child for life and make them emotionally detached and cause the child to have abandonment issues as an adult.
How a death of a parent effects a child scholastically
At this age they may tend to shy away from friends due to not knowing what to say to them about what is going on with them emotionally. They may also feel like they do not belong to their group any more, that they are an outsider for being different.
Death of a mother vs. a father
Wood (1995-2014), “The loss of a father can result in lower adult living standards for the bereaved children. Not only is a child emotionally affected, but the lack of a father’s earning power can cause children to get married younger or drop out of school in order to work” (para.4).
The death of a father can impact a child in many ways, little girls look at their fathers as the protector of the family and they learn from their fathers what type of man that they should look for to be in relationships with. Boys look to their fathers for guidance through their transcendence from childhood to adulthood. Boys will look to their father to teach them how to work on cars, do house hold repairs and how to be the patriarch of their future family.
The death of a mother will affect little girls differently than it will affect boys. Little girls learn a great deal from their mothers such as how to take care of the family home, how to cook and how to be a mother. They also learn how to be feminine from their mothers and they will learn how to handle the changes that their bodies will go through during puberty.
Personal experience of losing a parent at the age of 10
The death of a parent is extremely difficult for anyone no matter the age. I chose this particular subject because of the personal connection that I have with it. I lost my mother eight days before my tenth birthday. I can remember the difficulties I had as a child in elementary when I lost my mother, all the questions that I was unable to answer since I myself didn’t believe that my mother was really gone for the first little while after her death. I remember getting into physical altercations with a young boy on the play ground after he had made a remark about my mother’s death. I can also remember that I had...