Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 488 Early elementary schooler (6–8 years old) Many children at this age understand death is permanent, and the person who died is not coming back. They may worry that they somehow caused the death. I have something I need to tell you that is really hard. Mommy was found dead this morning when you were away at school. Mommy’s brain was not working right. She died because she took more pills than you’re supposed to take, and her body stopped working. Later elementary schooler (9–12 years old) At this age, most children understand death is permanent. They may also have an interest in how the body works, and have questions about what specifically caused the death. I know this is going to be really hard to hear... Your brother died today. The police are pretty sure it was suicide, meaning he killed himself. The Coast Guard found his body and performed CPR, but by the time they tried to help him, he had already drowned. Note: For general information and guidance on how to talk to others about what happened, visit