Practical Guidance on Delivering Bad News to Kids and Teenagers

While we all try to live our best and happiest lives, one day, something bad will invariably happen to us and/or our families.

Maybe a grandparent or a pet is so ill they have been told they are going to die, or a family member has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Are you and your child prepared to communicate effectively during these tough times?  Here are some suggestions to help you talk to your child when death is a possibility.

“One must talk little and listen much.” — African proverb

Parents, remember this:

It can be challenging to be the bearer of bad news, but keep in mind that there are others who can assist with this. Asking for help from a social worker, counselor, a trusted friend, or spiritual advisor can help to facilitate this conversation, as well as connect families to resources in the community.