Death, though a natural part of life, can be a scary concept for children. The idea that someone's life (or even their own)
could suddenly end might stir up feelings of fear and uncertainty. Helping children understand death is an
important part of their growth and spiritual maturity.
1 in 5 children will experience the death
of someone close to them by age 18.
There's no denying that your child will, at some point, experience the death of a loved one. No matter how young your child is, it's important to begin answering his/her questions about death. When we trust Jesus and put Him in control of our lives, we don't have to be afraid of death. When we die, we will get to spend eternity in Heaven with God! Being open about death and the hope we have in Christ can help relieve fears your child may have about death.
There are many natural ways to begin conversations with your child about death.
Let your child attend a funeral with you;
use TV and movie scenes about death to start conversations; look up Bible verses together;
talk about the death of a pet.
Be as honest as possible and avoid figurative language
(such as passed away, gone, or resting); children need
concrete terms that they can understand.
Experiencing the death of a loved one will always
bring pain and questions; make sure that your child knows you want to be a part of his/her grieving process and that you are always available to talk or listen.
Communication is so very important throughout grieving and healing. There is no one way to grieve, so create a healthy space for your child to express himself/herself.
Below you will find several resources to help guide your child through the grieving process and lists of both healthy and unhealthy grief symptoms your child may exhibit.
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Cliff Cary & Sarah Stevens