Tips for Answering Your Child’s Questions About Death

As a child grows, his or her parents can expect to answer many difficult questions about life and death. When a loved one dies and your family is heading to the funeral home to pay your respects, you can use age-appropriate language to explain to your child that the individual is no longer living. It’s important to avoid using euphemisms, such as by saying that the person is sleeping. This will only confuse your child and it may frighten him or her into thinking that he or she will die when sleeping.

For more helpful tips on discussing death with your child, watch this brief video. It explains how parents can discuss death in a non-threatening context, such as by pointing out that leaves die when they fall off a tree.

Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park works closely with families to ensure they have all the resources they need to arrange a funeral in San Mateo, access grief support services and memorialize their loved ones. Call us at (650) 349-4411 if it’s time to arrange a cremation or burial services.

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