Talking to children about dying and death is not easy. It doesn’t matter whether you are a parent, other family member or friend. It may seem easier not to scare or burden them. Unfortunately children and teenagers need to face what is happening. They may become more anxious if they feel secrets are being kept from them.
Children (4 years and over) and teenagers need information that is honest. It also needs to be timely and appropriate to their developmental age and situation. Make time to talk with them. Listen to what they are asking and what they are saying.
Last updated 02 October 2013*