Explaining Death to Children
Talking about death to children can be a tricky endeavor due to their cognitive development but it is a necessary one. If within the discussion is in correlation with their understanding, it is important to explain death to children at an early age if possible. This will better prepare them for future deaths in the family.
Trisha of O’Connor Mortuary explains her method of discussing death with children in her article, “Princess Butterfly”-How to Explain Death and Dying to Small Children”
I used to feel like the word “dead” hung awkwardly in the air whenever I said it in the presence of my daughter, Zoey. In time, I realized there was no getting around this word or its meaning and I shouldn’t be afraid to use it. Death is a part of life and I couldn’t shield her from this fact forever. When Zoey was about 3-1/2 years old, a dying monarch butterfly gave me the confidence to broach this topic with her.
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