It is important to be honest with children and teens. They don’t need to know every detail of the suicide, but they do need to know what happened. Start with a short, brief explanation, and give them time to respond. Let their questions guide how much detail you provide, but try not to focus on the means of the death.
Oftentimes, children will find out the truth from peers, other relatives, or a simple internet search. They deserve to hear the truth from their parent/caregiver.