How do children of different ages deal with illness and death ?
It’s important to take into account the child’s age when deciding how to talk about coping with sickness and death. The next few pages offer general guidelines, but they can help you and the other adults in their lives decide how to best approach each of your children.
- How do I know I’m dying?
- Why should I tell my children I’m dying?
- How do I talk to my children about dying?
- Will this experience affect my child’s happiness and ability to enjoy life in the future?
- What if I’m a single parent and have a terminal illness?
- How do children of different ages deal with illness and death ?
- Infants or very young children
- Children age 3 to 5
- Children age 6 to 8
- Children age 9 to 12
- When death is near, should children be there for the actual event?
- How can children be prepared for the memorial ritual or funeral?
- What other factors influence how a child understands a parent’s death?
- Spiritual and religious beliefs may help comfort children
- How are children affected by the surviving parent’s grief?
- How should your child’s school be included?
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Last Medical Review: January 14, 2015 Last Revised: March 20, 2015