Being honest about death and dying with your children.
I came across this article in the Canadian HuffPost and I think if you are struggling to explain to a child about the loss of a parent or sibling, the article gives good advice.
In my experience, children have the innate ability to grieve openly and may do so with a greater amount of strength than their adult counterparts. This freedom allows them to share their feelings freely and without reservation. Giving them that opportunity to express themselves is crucial.
No matter how painful and how much we want to protect our children, we need to consider the long term affects of how we help through theirs, and our loss. We need to understand the importance of involving them and explaining what has happened and why.