Talking About Death with Kids: Kids and Grieving - FamilyEducation

Dealing With Tough Topics

It can be painful for both parents and kids to discuss tough subjects, such as a death in the family. Learn some tips for helping kids cope with emotionally difficult situations.

12 Children's Books That Help Explain Tragedies and Death

It can be incredibly difficult to explain tragedy and death to a young child, and to help them cope. Whether your family is facing a personal loss of a family member or friend, or is struggling with the news of a community or national tragedy, find some children's books that can help kids learn about coping with sad and scary news, death, and grief. read more

Best Friend of 17-Year-Old Dies Suddenly

What's the best way to support a teenager who has lost his best friend? read more

Boyfriend Lost Dad

Our expert gives some advice on how to help a young man deal with the loss of his father. read more

Christmas Without Grandma

The desire not to bring your kids sadness on Christmas is understandable, but it is more harmful to ignore their loss. read more

Dealing with the Loss of Your Cat

Dealing with the Loss of Your Cat Losing a beloved pet is very difficult. Be kind to yourself. Try to plan for something to do for the rest of the day, and try to be with someone who understands your grief. Don't share your feelings with people you don't think will understand. The last thing you need is for someone to say, “It was just a cat.” The cats who share our lives are part of us. Don't allow anyone to belittle your feelings. read more

Dealing with the Loss of Your Dog

Dealing with the Loss of Your Dog Be kind to yourself after the euthanasia. Try to plan something to do for the rest of the day with someone who understands your grief. Don't share your feelings with anyone who you think won't understand. The last thing you need is for someone to say, “It was just a dog.” The dogs we live with and love are part of our Selves, and you have a right to your feelings. read more

Dying Grandmother

What can you say to children ages three and five about their grandmother dying? read more

Explaining Cremation to Kids

Cremation is a tough concept for young kids to comprehend, but it's much worse to shield them from this ritual. read more

Fifteen-Year-Old Loses a Parent

Learn how grief support groups can help kids who have suffered a major loss. read more

Grieving over Classmate's Death

A seven-year-old who experiences the death of a classmate needs empathy, kindness, and understanding. read more

Help with Grieving

Does a child need help grieving if he isn't showing emotion over the death of his grandmother? read more

Helping Son with Grief Process

A young teen needs some skilled, compassionate therapy after losing his best friend to leukemia. read more

Helping Your Child Deal with the Death of a Parent

Helping Your Child Deal with the Death of a Parent Much of the same advice about helping your child through a sibling's death also applies if one of her parents dies. The elements of guilt and fear may be just as strong after a parent's death as they are after a sibling's. If your partner dies, your child will have a profound fear that you will die, too. read more

How to Reduce Worry

How to Reduce Worry (From Protecting the Gift. Copyright 1999 by Gavin de Becker. Published by The Dial Press. Reprinted with permission.) Why you worry read more

Losing a Pet

Kids need to grieve over their pet's death and move through all the stages of that grieving process. read more

Loss of a Parent

After losing her husband to a horrible battle with cancer, a mother wonders how to help her traumatized son. read more

Nobody Lives Forever

Nobody Lives Forever We can anticipate death. We can expect it. We can even be relieved when it finally comes to a person who's been very ill for a long time. We can't, however, minimize the pain that comes with losing somebody we love. read more

Preoccupation with Death and Illness

While a child's fear may be focused on one topic, it usually reflects a more general anxiety condition related to a bigger problem. read more

Preparing Children for a Grandparent's Death

A mother seeks advice on how to prepare her children (ages 8, 11, and 20) for their grandmother's imminent decline and death. read more

Should Kids Attend Funerals?

Children as young as three years old are equipped to attend both a funeral and a burial at the cemetery. read more

Son in Boarding School Loses Friend to Suicide

A parent asks our expert, "How can I help my son deal with his friend's suicide when he's so far from home?" read more

Son Witnessed Attempted Suicide

An expert advises the parents of a teen who is troubled after witnessing an attempted suicide. read more

Talking to Your Preschooler About Death

Talking to Your Preschooler About Death All life ends in death. But because our culture has difficulty accepting this fact, death has become an unspeakable terror. Death lurks in the shadows of our lives, ready to claim, at a moment's notice, someone we love. read more

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Grief Cycle

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Grief Cycle Shock and disbelief. The first reaction a parent usually has when hearing the diagnosis, even if they suspected something was wrong, is disbelief. "There must be some mistake." "This can't be happening." At this point, the parent usually does not process exactly what has happened or the enormity of what has just been said. read more

Three-Year-Old Told That Grandpa Died

A parent seeks reassurance that she explained Grandpa's death to her son in an appropriate way. read more

When a Child Loses a Parent to Cancer

Adolescents are especially at risk when they have experienced the loss of someone dear to them. read more

When a Child Loses Her Best Friend

Counseling may be called for when a child shows signs of serious distress over losing a friend. read more

When Your Pet Dies: Rainbow Bridge

When Your Pet Dies: Rainbow Bridge Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. read more