Explaining to Young Children that Someone has Died


Talking to a young child about death and dying is incredibly difficult and can feel just too hard to do. This is compounded by an adult’s natural instinct to protect children from the tough things in life. In order to make some sense of what has happened children need information and explaining. This information sheet from Child Bereavement UK contains a wealth of information about how to tell a child someone has died, when to tell a child someone has died, and how to explain death to young children.


This webpage from Child Bereavement UK contains tailored advice for any adult who wants to help a young person through the process of grief. It includes important information on how and when to tell a child about a death, as well as how to introduce the concept of death to a young person.

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