It depends on the situation.
1) Personal greif over something related to work, money, bills, etc. I play it off and act as if it does not exist as much as a greif in my life as it does. Monetarily, I might try to explain in ways my older child(ren) can understand so that they know to learn about these issues for when they are an adult. But if it not something I see them learning a life experience from... I act as normal as I can in order to save my children from carrying a burden that isn't their own.
2) Personal grief over loss of family member or something more serious and related to the child's life. I try to explain the situation in a way they can understand and try to stay as strong as possible for them and try to teach them how to work through such grief in life. How to not allow it to take over your life and how to move past it.
at 1:21 PM on Nov. 15, 2010