Discussing the Concept of Death with Children

Families often evasive answers or gloss over questions about death. Many questions remain in the minds of children about a subject they do not know. These children, who have very wide imaginations, get anxious the more they think. In order not to make a false statement, most parents avoid it, but there are a few things to watch out for and do.

  • When your child asks you a question, you can tell him by using story books. Images will help clear any questions on his mind.

  • It is necessary to give answers to the questions asked and avoid detailed and long explanations.

  • Long explanations will trigger the child’s anxiety.

  • “Everything has a beginning and an end. Every day someone is born, every day someone dies.

When someone dies, their body no longer works. He no longer breathes, his heart no longer beats. Now

does not think or feel. He does not eat and does not sleep. It will be sufficient to explain that people can die for different reasons.

  • It is important to explain that death is not a choice.

  • Other concepts should be avoided instead of the concept of death, the child may not understand.

  • After getting the answers to the questions he asks, he can ask again and again. It is important to answer without getting bored.

  • If a relative of your child has died, instead of lying to him, the truth should be explained taking into account his age. When he learns the truth, his trust in you may be shaken.

  • If he is asking questions about the life after death, he is asked to imagine that there are different beliefs about it, that you have not gone before, but as far as you know, your child is asked to leave it to his imagination.

  • It is important to give the child the news of a relative’s death in a quieter place and be given by an adult they trust.

  • If the relatives want to experience their feelings, it is okay, otherwise they will learn that they need to hide their feelings.

  • Saying that the child will follow you after death causes the child to think that he is constantly being watched.

  • Funeral burials and funeral homes can negatively affect children, and it is beneficial to stay away from these times.

  • During this period, it is important to let him play games about death and let his emotions live.

  • From the games, he can play games of burying in the sand or making another box and taking it there.

  • Looking at the pictures of the deceased or writing a letter to him will help the child to discharge negative emotions.

  • In this period, it is important to spend time with the child as usual instead of running away from him.

  • Especially at a young age, children think that everything that happens around them is because of them. Children can sometimes feel that death is because of them. Explaining that it is not the child’s fault allows the child’s sense of guilt to subside.

  • At the root of children’s questions about death lies the fear of what will happen to them. This

‘We are healthy, we are safe. We have so many years to spend together and

We have a lot to do together, it must be said.

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