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 487 Avoid graphic details Share information about the death honestly but without talking at length about the specific method or going into graphic detail. Graphic images may be upsetting and can increase the risk of imitative behavior by vulnerable youth. If the child asks, it is okay to give basic facts, but the focus should be not on how someone killed themselves, but rather on how to cope with feelings of sadness, loss, anger, etc. Some children will want more information than others; let their questions guide your answers. It is tragic he died by hanging. Let’s talk about how his death has affected you and ways for you to handle it. Age-Specific Recommendations Note: Children may be emotionally and cognitively older or younger than their age; please adapt the guidelines and examples below to your child’s maturity level. Preschooler (3–5 years old) Infants and toddlers experience loss and grieve when their caregiver is no longer physically present, though they may not have the words to describe certain emotions. Most will not have the ability to understand what death is or that it is forever. They will ask lots of questions, e.g.,“I know you said mommy is dead, but when is she coming home?” Answer their questions as directly and consistently as possible. I have very sad news: your daddy died last night. “Died” means that his body stopped working. His heart is not beating, and he’s not breathing. He doesn’t need to eat or sleep, and he can’t play with you anymore. We aren’t going to see him again.