Values/Religion

How To Talk To Kids About Death: Overview

 

This is an overview from the 2018 talk, "How To Talk with Kids About Death" Park Slope Parents and Green-wood Cemetery co-sponsored. 

Presenters:

Amy Cunningham, The Inspired Funeral

Liana Smith-Murphy, Play, Child and Adolescent Therapist at BrooklynPlayTherapy.com

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Age appropriate honesty is important. Kids know more than we think they do. If you’re not honest kids can come up with fantasized explanations of death (“I made grandma get sick and die”). Using concrete things like “X has died. Their body is no longer working” (rather than “Nana is ‘sleeping’” which can freak young kids out and lead to, “when is she going to wake up?”). You can also talk about your beliefs: “Our family believes that after someone dies you go to heaven.”

Let kids ask questions. Many adults have issues about talking about death so kids can believe it’s not okay to talk about being sad or the death. Everyone experiences death differently.

 

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Motherless Mother Resources

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Motherless Mother Resources

Park Slope Parents has a Motherless Mothers group:

If you are not yet a PSP memer join us here

If you're already a member and would like to be added email

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Website Resources

Theimaginarylibrary on Instagram is a 100 day project on grief and loss created by a woman who recently lost her mother.

Modern Loss is new website offering candid content, resources and community on loss and grief.

Articles shared by PSP members:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/21/style/how-to-overcome-grief.html

http://therumpus.net/2011/03/dear-sugar-the-rumpus-advice-column-67-the-black-arc-of-it/

https://alovelywoman.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/12-ideas-for-motherless-daughters-on-mothers-day/

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/10/23/opinion/sunday/children-dont-always-live.html

Why Grief Is A Series of Contractions and Expansions

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/read-youre-grieving/

http://www.ahaparenting.com/blog/letter-from-your-mother-mothers-day

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/03/we-dont-lose-our-mothers-reality-more-violent-that-that

http://www.scarymommy.com/overcoming-waves-grief-when-youre-motherless-mother/?utm_source=FB

 

Explaining Death to Children

Help in explaining death to children.

For more advice and resources, reference our page on Helping Children Deal with the Death of a Loved One.

 

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In this article:

Advice by Heidi Hoover

Books that explain death

Articles

Organizations that can help

Other resources

 

 

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Death of a Pet

Advice about helping a child deal with the death of a pet. This article contains several different scenarios of what members experienced.

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Helping Children Deal with the Death of a Loved One

Resources and advice from PSP members on helping children cope with the death of a loved one.

For more, reference our page on Explaining Death to Children.

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How to help a child afraid of death

Advice from parents about how to talk to children about dying

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Reaching "The End"

What do you do when your kids figure out that life ends?

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Should kids view an open casket?

Should you let kids view an open casket?

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Euthanizing a pet

Experiences of putting a beloved pet to sleep.

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Talking to your kids about a school shooting (UPDATED with more resources)

This was written in response to the school shooting in Connecticut .

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Should children go to a funeral?

Should children go to a funeral of a loved one?

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Meaningful Memorial Gifts

Ideas for memorial gifts that are more than flowers or a donation.

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Support for the Loss of a Partner

PSP members have shared resources and words of solidarity for those going through the death of a life partner.

 

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Support for the Loss of a Newborn (Perinatal Loss)

Our PSP members have shared resources to help you manage the pain of losing a newborn. 

 

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