5 Tips to Help Explain Death To A Child

By: Tom Gallagher
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

It’s not simple to communicate the notion of death to kids and many parents dread the prospect of doing so. Parents believe that their children will learn on their own eventually. When a family member dies, people are forced to explain the situation to their children, which can be difficult. This advice from Sholom Chapel can help you in such situations:

1. Be Honest

While it's easy to brush over the subject of death, doing so could impede a child's learning and lead to problems in the future. Don't rush into explaining what happened; take your time.

2.  Dedicate Some Time

You should take some time out of your busy schedule to have a conversation with your child. Encourage your kids to ask questions to make sure nothing has been misunderstood. A sound awareness of dying will only benefit them later in life.

3. Make The Most Of Every Opportunity To Teach Children About Death

It's a good idea for guardians or parents to talk to their children about death when presented in different ways. A wonderful way to convey the concept to your child is by using an example such as the loss of a pet, a tree, or a flower.

4. Stick To Basic Terminology With Very Young Kids

It's best to stick to the fundamentals and discuss death in terms that young children can grasp rather than trying to explain abstract philosophical issues to them. Parents can explain to their children that the person who died has stopped speaking, breathing, and eating and that they will not be able to see him or her anymore.

5. Avoid Unclear Phrases

Avoid giving the youngster the notion that death is transitory, as that will only affect them in the long term. Don’t characterize death in terms like “going to sleep” or “going away”, etc, or something similar as that can impair the child’s understanding of the idea.

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