Chapter 4: When death is sudden or unexpected

What do I tell my friends?

Some forms of sudden death – such as murder, accidental overdose, suicide or accidents for which someone is responsible – can be difficult to talk about.  Those who are grieving may be faced with judgment or stigma. It’s crucial that children have:

  • People they trust who they can talk with openly.
  • Safe places where they can talk.

They may need help to: 

  • Understand the reactions of other people.
  • Prepare answers to questions they may be asked.
  • Share information in ways that feel safe and comfortable.

For example: 

My dad died suddenly.

My mom was murdered.

My sister got sick and died.

I don't feel like talking about it. 

Please ask my parents.