Explaining death to kids

Updated: Nov 21, 2020

Death and loss can come as a surprise or a long awaited arrival. No matter if it is a physical loss of a loved one or pet, or an emotional loss such as abandonment, it can hit us all very hard and different. As adults, we are supposed to be equipped with all of the coping strategies to handle death and are often expected to move on quickly. But what do we do when we not only have to process a death or loss, but we also have to explain and support our children through it as well? How do we know when to break the news? When is it okay to overshare, or yet, is it better for the kids if they know little information? Couple this with our own emotional upheaval, it can be very overwhelming to navigate everyone response.