Adolescence Childhood

How to talk about death with your child

Expert: Dr Paula Corcoran
Masterclass structure: 11 lessons (54:14 minutes)

Also available in podcast: Listen here

About this class

No one likes talking about death, especially to children. However, as it is often said: The only thing sure in life is death. Therefore, it is important to be prepared to tackle this conversation with our children when it arises. In this masterclass, Dr Paula Corcoran explains with a great deal of love and compassion, how children understand the concept of death as they grow, how to deal with a child who has a terminally ill family member or who experiences a sudden death in the family, and how to deal with strong emotions during the grieving process. This masterclass is of interest to all parents.

About the expert

Dr Paula Corcoran is the director of City University’s MSc in Health Psychology in London. She has also held several management positions in services working with street homeless drug users, Phoenix House rehabilitation centre and a housing project for clients in recovery from substance misuse. She specialises in working with hard-to-reach clients and substance misuse and addiction issues.

Lessons in this class

12 Lessons (1:47:14hour)
0. Lesson - The complete masterclass 53:00
1. Lesson - Meet your expert 0:54
2. Lesson - Why is it so difficult to talk about death? 1:41
3. Lesson - How do children understand death? 13:50
4. Lesson - How to support a child with a terminally iII caregiver 7:51
5. Lesson - How to support a child after a sudden death 10:03
6. Lesson - Showing emotions to a grieving child 3:42
7. Lesson - We all grieve differently 1:54
8. Lesson - How to deal with regressive behaviours 3:46
9. Lesson - How to answer difficult questions 3:43
10. Lesson - Is it always advisable to seek professional help? 4:47
11. Lesson - Take home message 2:03

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