How do I talk to my children about death?

The answer depends greatly upon the individual child, their age, and previous experiences (or lack thereof) with death. A good place to start is telling them the truth, or as close to the truth as you judge your child being able to comprehend, and waiting for them to ask the questions they have on their mind. Try to avoid using euphemistic phrases like, “Grandma is asleep” or similar, as these usually only serve to confuse the child and complicate their understand of the world around them. Using applicable religious concepts and/or emphasizing that death is a natural part of life might also help the child to understand that death, while painful, is OK to talk about.