To mention the words, children and death, in the same breath is almost inconceivable. The one is life, sunshine, and laughter. The other is closure, and darkness, and tears. Yet death touches each one of us, including children. To understand life is to understand that there is also death, and as children grow and develop, they observe that what lives must also die.
Young, Margaret R.N., "Helping Children Understand and Cope with Death" (1989). All Archived Publications. Paper 225.