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Discussing Death with Children
When discussing death, always use language that the child will understand. Parents and health care providers should consider the following:
It is important to assess the child’s and family’s beliefs and understanding of death and life after death when communicating with them. Children may have unexpressed fears or concerns that they are not comfortable talking about, or that they do not know how to express.
Source: Used with permission from: University of Virginia Health Systems, "Pediatric Health Topics — Discussing Death with Children." Available on-line at www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/UVAHealth/peds_terminallyill/discuss.cfm.