Talking to Children About Death


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Why should parents use the words 'death' and 'dying' when discussing end of life issues?

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1. Why should a parent gauge what they are going to say based on the child's age?

2. What is important information to help a younger child cope with the death of a loved one?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet provides an assessment and review of how to talk to children about death depending on their age. You'll check what you know about words to use and who should be involved in the conversation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet to check what you know about:

  • Why parents should use 'death' and 'dying'
  • Basing what is said on age
  • The most important information for a younger child
  • A common thinking trait of children from 6 to 12

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - review what you know about age-appropriate ways to talk to children about death
  • Making connections - revisit what you know about the thought process of young children and how that relates to the information parents should offer
  • Information recall - see if you remember what type of thinking trait in children 6 to 12 that may cause them to misunderstand what is happening

Additional Learning

You can find out more about this topic with the provided lesson, Talking to Children About Death. This lesson offers more information about:

  • Understanding the different age groups and how age affects the conversation
  • What to say to a child that is 0 to 5 years old
  • When children begin to see death as permanent
  • How peers can help teenagers cope