Talking about dying and death
Chapter 1: An early and honest approach
Honesty is the best policy
Talking honestly and early on helps in many ways. It:
- Makes death a normal part of living so it doesn’t become a taboo subject.
- Ensures children learn the facts from someone trusted and familiar.
- Lessens the likelihood they’ll imagine scenarios that leave them more anxious and fearful.
- Children who aren’t given information often worry more than those who do!
- Left to their imaginations, they might think, for example, that they’re responsible for the illness or death.
- Allows them to grieve with the important adults and children in their lives. When this happens, they:
- Feel less alone or on the sidelines.
- Can learn that their emotions and those of the people around them are healthy and natural.
- Encourages open and honest conversations within the family.