How to Talk With Children About the Death of a Loved One?

How to Tell a Child About the Death of a Loved One?

How Do Children Grieve a Loss?

What Are the Symptoms of Grief Among Children After Losing Their Loved One?

How to Protect a Child's Mental Health Following the Death of a Loved One?

FAQs on Talking to Your Child About the Death of a Loved One

What do you mean by childhood traumatic grief?

Childhood Traumatic Grief is a mental condition wherein significant trauma symptoms arise in children regarding the demise of an individual who was important in their life.

What are the symptoms of emotional trauma in children?

Children can experience stress, anxiety, or helplessness alongside physiological symptoms like heart pounding, vomiting, loss of bowel or bladder control, etc.

Which is the longest phase of grief?

In general, the longest stage of grief is the phase of depression which can persist for several months or even years. Depression may exhibit feelings of sorrow, helplessness, low appetite alongside lack of interest in activities, studying etc.

What to say if your child is worried about you passing away?


Death is a difficult concept to grasp, even for adults. For children, it can be all the more traumatising, especially if they have lost a loved one once. Such kids often start worrying about their parents dying abruptly one day.

While there is no way to prevent this thought from arising in their minds, you can reduce the chances of long-term negative effects. Talk with your children openly, let them ask questions, and answer to the best of your abilities. Let them understand their feelings’ validity and overcome their fear and grief.