Supporting children when someone is dying

Children of all ages will probably need a lot of support when someone close to them is dying. It can help to know what they might ask and need.

What to tell children when someone is dying

Children find the death of a very close relative very hard. Knowing how to help and support your children before you die can help them cope afterwards.

Children's questions about dying

Children can ask quite difficult questions when someone is dying. You might find it helpful to prepare and think about what you are going to say. 

Talking to children of different ages about dying

How you talk to children about dying will depend on how old they are.

Issues with going to school

It can be very difficult to know whether to keep sending your children to school every day when someone in the family might die soon.

Help and support for children

There are healthcare professionals, websites and booklets that can help children of all ages when someone is dying.

Last reviewed: 
22 Mar 2022
Next review due: 
21 Mar 2025