A stage-based theory of the development of children's understandings of death" according to Maria Nagy, in stage 1 there is no definitive death (i.e., death, a form of life,sleep or departure and living elsewhere); in stage 2, death is personified and contingent or avoidable; in stage 3, death is a process operating within us (i.e., the cessation of corporeal life final and universal)

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