Communicating with Children About Death
Parents understand that they will have many difficult conversations with their kids over the years, but sometimes these conversations come sooner than expected. Children can actually begin learning about death from a very early age, according to the childhood developmental specialist featured in this video. She explains that, long before you expect to take your child to a family member’s funeral services, you can begin discussing the concept of death.
For example, if you’re out on a walk with your child after a rainstorm, you could talk about how the earthworms laying around have died. In the fall, the leaves falling off the trees have died. It’s crucial to avoid using euphemisms that will only confuse or frighten your child. Instead, stick with words like “death,” “dying,” and “dead.”
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