Are you going to die?

Filed under: Alcohol & Drugs

Lying in the bed next to me, slowly facing the day, Jared says "I love you. You're my best buddy." I respond in kind, and then he asks, "Daddy, are you going to die?" He's serious, as I can tell from the little frown that holds his mouth captive.

"Yes," I tell him, "I will die someday, but not for a very long time, long after you're all grown up and has a family of your own."

"Are you going to turn into a baby when you die?" he asks, trying to hold back tears. I tell him no, and try to reassure him that he doesn't have to worry about that. I tell him to think about all the things we will do, like going camping and riding in boats. Then he asks if we can buy a houseboat.

I'm not sure where that came from, but I hit Google and do a quick search for houseboat rentals. They're bloody expensive, but I tell him that maybe someday, if we save up our money, we can rent one. He likes looking at the pictures and forgets all about the whole death thing.

I'm sure this won't be the last time this comes up, though. I'd love to hear how others have dealt with the issue with their kids and if anyone knows of any good books on the topic for his age level.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.