Helping Young Children Understand Death

Many young children cannot differentiate between fantasy and reality and they depend on us, adults, to help them. Whenever a loved one dies, it is important to give simple and honest explanations. Saying that we don’t know won’t help at all and will only leave them feeling confused.

Remember that many children are already aware of death. They see plants and insects die. They can see death on television and in video games, etc. Talking to them about death honestly will help explain a life condition that they’ve already seen. It is also important that children understand that it is acceptable to cry and be sad because it is part of the human condition.

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