The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network
Naturally we want to shield children from pain. Giving a child difficult news about a death or serious illness is not easy at a time when you can be overwhelmed by grief yourself. It’s normal to be unsure about what to say, and how to find the words your child can understand.
Conversations about death are steps in a journey. Once you tell a child about a death or serious illness, you will need to have ongoing conversations as the child takes in and processes the information. The importance of support from family, friends and care settings (such as crèche or school) cannot be underestimated – much of children’s understanding of the world comes through family and the significant adults in their lives.