Good article about being honest with children about death. Each age has a certain ability to understand death and the information given should correspond with the maturity of the child to comprehend. The importance of discussing death with the child when it occurs is very important though and in some cases can provide critical life lessons to the child’s emotional and mental growth in experiencing death in his or her life.
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The article, “Tell Your Children The Honest Truth About Death And Dying” by Shannon Burberry states
“Death is difficult for anyone to grasp, but it’s especially hard for children to understand. They will often ask “when is the person coming back?” or “when will we see them again?” It is my firm belief that honesty is the best policy, and it is important to be direct about what has happened. However, you must keep the age of the child in mind with respect to what details you share with them.
I remember years ago when Sesame Street dealt with the death of Mr. Hooper and Big Bird’s struggles to understand what had happened. Using direct and honest language helped him to realize that Mr. Hooper had passed away and was not coming back.
It’s important to allow them to grieve how they see fit.”
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