Every parent must discuss death with their child at some point in time. Some children realize the meaning of death on their own and eventually understand this fact of life while others struggle to grasp it, especially when someone close to them passes away. It’s a parent’s responsibility to ensure children understand the concept and come to terms with it in a healthy manner. Here are some suggestions to help you explain death to your child:
1. Take some time
This isn’t going to be a quick and easy conversation because children will be curious and ask questions. It’s best to answer as many questions as you can to ensure the kids have a good understanding of the concept. Take time away from your busy day and sit down with your child for a discussion. Encourage questions and make sure your child hasn’t misunderstood anything. A sound understanding of death will only help them down the line.
2. Try to discuss it when personal feelings aren’t involved
Parents like to put off this discussion for as long as possible because they want to protect their children and talking about death makes them uncomfortable. It’s easier to discuss death when there are no intense personal feelings involved so you can discuss it when a neighborhood pet or even a plant has died.
3. Keep it clear and factual
Being vague and unclear will only hinder the child’s understanding of death and it’s permanence, which can prove to be detrimental to their development. Make sure you discuss death in straightforward and factual terms. This will ensure the child doesn’t have any gaps in their understanding of the concept.
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