St Clare Hospice in Hastingwood, Essex, has released a new guide to help adults talk to children about death and dying.
The guide ‘How to talk to children about death’ is free to download. St Clare’s service for children and young people is funded by a major grant from BBC Children in Need, and the hospice aims to support parents on a wider scale through the release of this free resource.
Joanne Feld, St Clare’s Children, Young People and Family Therapist, said:
“Children deserve honest answers to their questions about death, but we as adults can sometimes feel worried about saying the wrong things. Our aim is to offer support to adults to feel more comfortable to approach the subject of death and dying, and to engage in meaningful conversations with their children and family.
“As a hospice, we believe that by talking to children about death and dying, we can help to demystify death, thereby alleviating fear and anxiety around it for future generations. When we are able to talk about death more openly, and see it as a natural part of life, we can then feel more empowered to live our life to the fullest!”
To promote the new resource, St Clare has produced a film with members of the hospice’s staff team talking to their own children about death. The film can be viewed on their YouTube channel
To download the guide visit St Clare Hospice: Talking to kids