5 Tips For Explaining Death To Children

By: James Donofrio
Thursday, July 14, 2022

Many parents find it challenging to start the conversation about death with their kids, and many choose to avoid doing so. To help our children deal with the reality of death, however, we must first reassure them that it is acceptable to discuss the subject openly.

The Best Way Of Explaining Death To Children

By talking about death with your kids, you can help them deal with feelings of loss and uncertainty and teach them the value of spending time with those they care about. Here are five things to keep in mind when talking about death with kids:

1. It Is Acceptable Not To Know Everything

When you don't know the answer, say so.

2. Maintain An Open Line Of Communication And Welcome Their Inquiries

Kids must understand that they can express their grief and other strong feelings about death without being judged.

3. Don't Get Aggravated By Kids Who Repeatedly Ask The Same Questions

When a child repeatedly asks about someone who has passed away, the most compassionate response is to explain that the person is no longer alive and cannot be brought back to life. Don't put down their curiosity or tell them they're "too young to understand."

4. Avoid Getting Emotional When Discussing Death

Young children are confronted with death early on through the inevitable demise of plants, insects, birds, and animals. If you take advantage of these seemingly insignificant opportunities to start a conversation about death with them, you'll better prepare them to deal with the loss of a loved one in the future.

5. Make Your Responses To Questions Concise And Easy To Understand

Be wary of providing too many specifics or examples, as this could make the message unclear.

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