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How Can I Explain The Concept of Death to my Children?
Talking about death is always hard, but it is especially difficult if children are involved in the conversation. Death in the family can awaken a child’s curiosity, which is challenging for parents. At Tindall Funeral Home, we recommend these tips that can help you carry out this discussion:
1. Don’t be vague
Parents often underestimate a child’s ability to understand concepts like death and they try to soften the blow. They use vague concepts, which lead to misunderstandings and causes problems down the line. It’s important to be clear and explain in terms your child can understand. A clear explanation will help children deal with their grief better.
2. Take your time
Make sure you have an hour or two on your hands so you should discuss the concept thoroughly. Encourage your child to ask questions, provide some real-life examples, etc. This ensures you don’t miss anything and your child understands the concept well. However, there is no need to force a lengthy conversation if the child doesn't want one at that time.
3. Don’t wait until someone dies
It’s not a good idea to wait until someone close to the child dies before discussing this concept. They’re confused, scared, and in pain, which makes this situation very stressful for both parents and children. Start the conversation when there are no personal feelings involved. For example, talk to them when a celebrity or famous person dies. That helps them understand the concept of human death and how to deal with it. You can also discuss the concept when a pet dies.