Your conversation about dying and death will be influenced by a number of factors. The most important of these factors will be the time in your life when you have this discussion as well as your beliefs and attitudes to dying and death and those of the people who are important to you. In particular, when planning these conversation, it is important to take in account everyone’s feelings and avoiding placing demands on others which they may not wish to fulfill.
Children are often more open to conversations about dying and death than adults realise. Open discussions regarding dying and death often prevent children from developing fears and misunderstandings, which may grow over time. It is important that children are involved in conversations which are appropriate to their age and development so that they do not feel isolated or guilty about their feelings. Some suggestions to use while having a conversation about dying or death with a child follow:
You can use an event, an activity or a resource to start the conversation.