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End of Life Planning: For Parents

Talking About Death for Parents

Talking to your Kids about Death

Before diving into a discussion, consider your own emotional state. Are you feeling ready to discuss the death? Do you have all the details yet? While you will never look forward to sharing upsetting news with your child, it’s important that you feel prepared. 

On the other hand, this isn’t a talk you can put off forever. Even if they can’t explain it, a child knows when there has been a tragedy. Nonverbal communication, like body language, distractedness and tears, cannot be hidden from our observant children. 

And kids have big imaginations. It’s better to tell them the truth than to let them imagine the worst.Continue reading from Today's Parent


From the Collection

Link to A Walk in the Woods by Nikki Grimes in the Catalog
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