In the world of a child, loss can be devastating.
The death of a loved one is
a painful and confusing experience for anyone
at any age. For a child, though, it can be especially
traumatic and can present special challenges
for parents, grandparents and other adults in
a child's life. Children look to adults for
support, answers and advice while they work
their way through grief and try to develop an
understanding of death.
What to do when talking
to a child about death
As hard as it may be to break
bad news to a child, honesty is the best policy.
A white lie, however well intended, can confuse
and unsettle a child when they eventually learn
the truth. Likewise, explaining death to a child
in euphemisms - "Grandpa went on a long
trip," for example, may instill fear in
going on vacation. Difficult though it may be,
it's better to be clear, direct and up front,
explaining death in straightforward phrases
like "dead means a person's body has stopped
working and won't work anymore."
& Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. and
Avoca Funeral Home
have helpful pamphlets available to assist with
children and grief. Please call us in Hornell
at 607-324-2700 or in Avoca
at 607-566-2300 to learn more.
For information about local grief counseling services, please click here.