How does a child understand death?

What does ‘dead’ mean to an adult and to a child?

An understanding of death includes the knowledge and acceptance that:

What is the difference in the understanding of death between adults and children?

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How much children understand about death will be different at different ages and stages of development. In the video below from Winston’s Wish, Annie describes the most common understandings of death by children of different ages and how to support children in their understanding at each stage of their development. It is important to remember that all children are unique and therefore, will respond to and understand death in their own unique way.

We’ve summarised the different stages in the development of a child’s understanding of death for you in the following topic…