How to Talk to Children About the Concept of Death

By: Greg Hurd
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Talking to children about death can be a difficult conversation to pursue and you may find yourself holding back, using only minor details and descriptions. Children are fragile and death is a sensitive topic to discuss and should not be contemplated lightly.


Although we try our hardest as parents to spare our children from any pain, this conversation is one that we must think through and explain to our children openly. This not only makes the grieving process easier for yourself but for the children as well. As they grow older they will look back and reflect on the many things you taught them and be stronger because of it.


As you prepare yourself for a discussion about the concept of death with your children it is important to consider different factors for how will you move forward.


Firstly, depending on the age of the child, they will process information differently. If you have two children that are fairly far apart in age it may be best to have the conversation separately. Start slowly and allow them to understand what you are telling them. They will develop their own perspective on death. Try asking them questions and get them involved in the conversation at any points that may confuse them. Also, if you do not have the answer to a question your child is asking you, be honest. Try asking them what they think instead.


Another point to consider is how emotional they become. It is important that you are open and honest with your child and allow yourself to be vulnerable. Don’t hide your emotions. Express how you are feeling and why you are feeling the way you are. This allows your child to comprehend that is it okay to show their feelings and be sad at the appropriate times, such as a death in the family. It is a natural part of the healing process.


Lastly, be patient with your children. This conversation can be an overwhelming one and they may act out because of it. Children tend to behave the way they are feeling inside. If they are confused, sad or angry at the situation their behaviour may reflect those feelings. Simply answer any questions they have to the best of your ability and let them know that you are here for them.


If you have any other questions on this topic or would like to speak to our professionals here at, Hurd Family Funeral Homes, you can contact us here.

Leave a comment
Please enter the letters you see in the image.


Please wait

Previous Posts

Cremation Facts: Everything You Need to Know

Many people are now forgoing traditional burials and instead, choosing cremations. This is especially true for people who take the time to pre-plan their funeral and make their choices in advance. ...

What is the Difference Between a Celebration of Life vs. a Funeral?

Different people have different ways to honor their loved ones after they have passed away. Funerals, wakes, memorial services, a celebration of life, etc., provide an avenue to say goodbye and get...

3 Funeral Etiquette Tips You Need to Know

Funerals are solemn affairs full of grieving family, friends and loved ones. It’s important to be kind and considerate toward the decedent's family and respectful towards the departed soul. Many pe...

Do Women Serve as Pallbearers at a Funeral?

One question we receive on a regular basis is whether or not women are traditionally allowed to serve as pallbearers during a funeral service. The answer here is that they absolutely are ...

4 Common Misconceptions about Pre-Planning Your Funeral

People are often wary of pre-planning their funeral and that’s mostly because they don’t understand the process or have misconceptions regarding it. At Weber-Hurd Funeral Home, we encourage everyon...

Does the Catholic Church forbid Cremation at the Time of Death?

As a catholic, you don’t want to have to worry yourself with the finer points of Catholic doctrine. This being said, many Catholics are still not clear about the exact stance the Catholic Chur...

A Guide to the Benefits Available to Veterans

Veterans are eligible to a number of funeral and burial benefits, which both the veteran and their families should be aware of. At Weber-Hurd Funeral Home, we encourage veterans to study the benefi...

Celebrant or Clergy Member, which Should I Choose?

The officiant who conducts the funeral service provides emotional support and comfort to everyone present, which is why it’s important to choose one carefully. Many people are torn between a clergy...

3 Unique Ways to Memorialize a Loved One

Memorializing a loved can be tricky because most family members want the service to be personal and reflective of the decedent’s personality. Fortunately, there are a number of easy and inexpensive...

Tips for Explaining Death to Children

It’s not easy to explain the concept of death to children and many parents dread the thought of doing so. Most assume that children will eventually learn on their own without parental advice. Many ...