When we're young, talking about death may not have been a normal thing. Considering the lifespan and different types of losses a person goes through, it would make sense to prepare a child to cope through losses and death. Our culture does not promote an openness or acceptance of loss, so it may be difficult for many of us to cope the first few times a major loss occurs. Here are some thoughts related to our culture of not acknowledging loss, and some ways to foster dialogue and coping with loss.
Blog Post related to saying good bye: http://www.organizedmesses.com/bsripom/2014/6/29/how-to-say-goodbye-with-children