We search for just the right thing to say to someone who has lost a loved one, and often fumble over our own words. Here are a few pointers to help you with words that won't be hurtful.
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What to Say to Kids
Don't say: He went to sleep.
Say instead: He died.
Don't say: She got sick.
Say instead: She died. She died because ______.
Don't say: Grandpa went on a long trip.
Say instead: Grandpa died and we won’t be able to see him anymore.
Don't say: You’re the man of the house now.
Say instead: You’re going to have to help out more with some of your dad’s chores.