Explaining to young children that someone has died

Talking to a young child about death and dying is incredibly difficult and can feel just too hard to do.  In order to make some sense of what has happened children need information and explanations.  These need to be honest, simple and in language that children understand.

Read more in our information sheet on Explaining to young children that someone has died

See also Supporting Children after a Frightening Event

Talking to children when a baby dies

Parents often hesitate to tell children that their baby brother or sister has died because they do not like to hurt the children and cause them to worry about the future.   Nevertheless it is important that the family talk about what has happened.  Read more in our information sheet ‘Talking to children when a baby dies’

Viewing a body with a child

Viewing a body may feel like a very grownup thing for a child to do and many adults will understandably have reservations. People have different views, or may assume that a child will find it too upsetting.

Read more in our information sheet ‘Viewing a body with a child