Good Grief: How to Talk to Kids About Death at Every Age

Having to explain the loss of a loved one to a child can seem overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Here's how to talk to kids about death at every age (18 Photos)

Lesley Kennedy on Aug 6, 2012 at 5:35PM

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Teach Kids That Death Happens to Everyone

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a Lesley Kennedy on Jul 19, 2012 at 2:46PM

It's important for all kids to understand that everyone and every thing alive will eventually die, says David Schonfeld, M.D., director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. "If kids don't see that death is inevitable, then, when someone they care about does die, they struggle to understand why that person was selected," he says. "Usually, the two explanations they come up with are the child did something wrong, and the person they cared about was killed in punishment, or the individual did something wrong and was killed. Either they feel guilty or ashamed -- neither are good reactions."

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