Chapter 4: When death is sudden or unexpected
What do I tell my friends?
Some forms of sudden death – such as murder, accidental overdose, suicide or accidents for which someone is responsible – can be difficult to talk about. Those who are grieving may be faced with judgment or stigma. It’s crucial that children have:
- People they trust who they can talk with openly.
- Safe places where they can talk.
They may need help to:
- Understand the reactions of other people.
- Prepare answers to questions they may be asked.
- Share information in ways that feel safe and comfortable.
My dad died suddenly.
My mom was murdered.
My sister got sick and died.
I don't feel like talking about it.
Please ask my parents.