Introducing Death, part II

Filed under: Relatives, Development/Milestones: Babies, Alcohol & Drugs

That was hard. We talked to the kids last night about my brother-in-law's mother-in-law. I'm not sure Sara really got it, but Jared did. He asked some questions, including if I was going to die (yes, someday, but probably not for a long time), why do people die (their bodies get worn out and stop working), and when will she be alive again (she won't be).

We started it off by reading Always and Forever for Jared's bedtime story. We talked about how his aunt and her family were going to be really sad and how we're going to go try to help them remember the good times, by holding their hands and giving them lots of hugs. We talked about my parents and Jared asked when they died. I told him and said that they would have loved him very much.

Jared was visibly saddened, but he held it together -- better, perhaps, than I did. I'm not sure he really groks the whole idea, but it's a start and we'll answer any questions that come up. If anyone has any more suggestions for books we can read together or tips on how to handle this, I'd love to hear them.

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