Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Explaining to Children

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Explaining to Children

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Bereavement charity Cruse issued the following guidelines in dealing with children's questions on death.

There is no right way to react when someone dies and every child will respond differently, but don't be surprised if the child you are caring for finds it difficult to express how they are feeling. Remember that many children cope remarkably well.

Dad didn't die. When is he coming back?

Whatever your age, it can take a long time to believe someone who matters very much to you is not coming back.

Why did it have to happen?

Explanations are very important but children may need to ask the same questions over and over again.

It will take them time to accept what has happened and the death may seem very unfair to them. They may be very angry someone they care about has left them.

It was my fault.

However far-fetched this may seem to you, many children worry something they said or did, or didn't say or do caused the death.

Will you die too? …

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