A lot of parents do not talk to their children about death. Often parents steer clear of this subject believing that kids are not to be exposed to these types of potentially frightening subjects. However, I think that discussing this inevitable part of life with my kids is necessary. It is a known fact that children are better able to deal with situations if they have some understanding about it. So, I believe that giving my children information about death can help them prepare for it and deal with it when they go through a loss in the future.
As with other complex topics, it is important for us parents to remember that we need to take into consideration the age and developmental level of our child when discussing death with them. While we want to make them aware of the truth, we must make sure that we do not give them information that is not appropriate for their age–details that may be too upsetting for them.
If you want more ideas on how to explain death to your children, here’s a very helpful post: “Don’t Forget to Talk to the Kids About Death: 5 Tips to Getting Started.”