Throughout this section, we provide information that will be helpful to families and also professionals who come into contact with children and young people from military families who have been bereaved. Learn more about what happens when a member of the Armed Services dies.
Experiences for families following a military death
A death in the armed forces can be difficult to understand and make sense of for children, it is also very much in the public eye, making it difficult to find ways to say goodbye. More information on this can be found in experiences.
Explaining a death in service to children and young people
Many adults find it difficult to talk about death with children and it can be tempting to shield them from pain. However, it is really important that children have a clear understanding that the person has died. Even young children need to know what has happened to someone important in their lives if they are not coming back. Nothing you can say will make it worse – the worst has already happened.