10 Tips for Explaining Death to Children

By: Danny Amoruccio
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

It’s difficult to talk about death with children since it’s such a tricky topic. Most parents would want to stay away from it at all costs. It’s a sad fact of life that everyone will have to deal with death somehow or another at some time.

How To Explain Death To Kids

Here are some tips from Willowbrook Cemetery to have this discussion with kids:

  1. Don’t use generic terms and words.
  2. It’s essential to recognize that kids have some understanding of death, and you must provide them clarity on the subject.
  3. Have the conversation when there is no stress of dealing with a death.
  4. You can talk about how birds and butterflies die in a garden. The concept becomes more manageable for children to understand when you explain it in this way.
  5. Be open to answering questions.
  6. Be proactive and open, so the child feels comfortable discussing this with you.
  7. Make sure that the child is in the right frame of mind when you talk to them on the topic of death.
  8. Do not say things like people turn into stars after they die or anything remotely vague when they die.
  9. Choose pleasant settings when talking about such things.
  10. Do not pressurize the child to ask questions, and do not be overbearing.

These are some tips that can prove helpful when explaining death to children. Kids are naturally curious, and if you satiate that curiosity at the right time with the correct information, it can help them develop a well-balanced view of the world around them.

At Willowbrook Cemetery, we aim to simplify matters for you when looking for a final resting place for your loved one. Our expert team will help you select the ideal resting place for your dear one at our serene cemetery.

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