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How to Talk to Your Children About the Death of Queen Elizabeth II

As many of us know, Queen Elizabeth II passed away on September 8, 2022. Many children were made aware of this from their friends, on social media, from their teachers and in other ways. Some children are confused at the concept of death and they might have questions like, “What happens after you die?” and “Why do we die?” Other children might have fears about the death of their own loved ones. These are very hard topics to discuss with your child but I hope this article will help you navigate these uncomfortable conversations about death.

Death is inevitable and it’s very normal to have endless questions about it. There are a few things to keep in mind when having these discussions with children:

  1. Welcome their questions.

  2. Be okay with telling them if you don’t have the answer and point them to someone who will be able to give them a better answer. You could also do this if you’re feeling overwhelmed about the conversation.

  3. Let them know that these questions are normal and that you have thoughts about them too.

  4. Most importantly, assure them that death is a normal part of life so that they are not overwhelmingly scared.

Overall, we want children to know how to process information. We do not want them to grow fearful or anxious because of what they do or do not know. Remind them that they are loved and safe. At Jolly Jolly Arts & Reading, one of the ways we want to prepare students is to be able to know how to process and recognize the emotions of others and of themselves. We offer a class on Socio-emotional Learning every Friday. In this class, students are encouraged to share their raw emotions in healthy ways like drama, journalling, and appropriately sharing with others.

If you have any other questions or concerns about this topic or are interested in putting your child into the class, we’d love to hear from you! Contact us via email or phone and we’d be happy to chat.