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How to Discuss Death With Your Children

If your children are very young, rather than invalidating their questions, try to keep your answers brief and simple; this will affirm that you value your children's thoughts and feelings without overwhelming them. Try to stick to concrete and familiar concepts and examples, such as by explaining that a dead person no longer breathes, talks, hears, or feels. Avoid using euphemisms like “Grandma has gone to sleep forever now” as such statements can make little children fear that they, too, may go to sleep and not wake up. Likewise, don't go into death being a consequence of illness if at all...

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