Unfortunately, children of all ages are exposed to death, whether a distant relative, immediate family member, friend or even a pet. Often, parents feel unprepared and overwhelmed when faced with talking to their children about death — particularly young children. Having knowledge of children’s understanding and reactions to loss can be a helpful when attempting to care for and support a grieving child. Early conversations about loss offer opportunities to teach about death as part of the life cycle, and to set a foundation for children’s understanding that all living things have a beginning and an end.
The following tools may be used as a guide to help you to begin talking with your children about death.
Together We Can Camp
A three day camp for grieving children; August 8 through 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Red Oak Camp in Kirtland (transportation available from 3 convenient locations); call Karen Hatfield at 216.486.6042 for information and registration materials.
Click here to find our Grief Discussion Groups, a forum where you can share your stories, express your feelings and receive coping tips from others who are grieving and the professionals at the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center.