Chapter 5: Supporting children and youth


It has been hard to find the right words to explain this loss and grief to my child.

My daughter was still very young at the time that her older brother died. I didn’t tell her about his death for a few days. I talked to two social workers who told me how to tell her about her brother's death.

If you have children who knew or who were close to the person who died, you may be wondering what to say or how to say it. It is natural to want to protect children from emotional pain. But research has shown that children and young people benefit from having early and accurate information about situations that affect them.

This chapter provides information and links to helpful resources for talking with children and youth about suicide loss.