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Talking to children about death and grief
It can be difficult to find the right time and words to talk to children about death and grief, especially when they have lost someone close to them. Children who have been bereaved can struggle with their emotional health, particularly feelings of anger and anxiety. The importance of conversation is integral for children following bereavement. By talking about death – even the most difficult aspects – children are able to understand that this is something they are able to cope with. The charity Winston's Wish recommends parents are 'open and honest about the situation and use story books to help explain death and dying if needed. For children, two very important needs are for adequate information and for their anxieties to be addressed. Often misinformation or misunderstanding exacerbates fears. For example, if someone who has died is described as being ‘asleep’, a child will be frightened to go to sleep themselves.'
Below are links to some beautiful stories that you can share with your children that help children understand death and loss.