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Discussing death with kids

July 28 2012 at 3:58 PM
wcl  (Login wcl)
*HFP Mommies*

Sorry to bring up such a downer of a topic, but my grandchildren's step-grandma is in hospice right now, and I would like to have your input.

My GS will be 6 in a couple of weeks. My GD is 3. My biggest question is about the impending death and funeral. My DD does not think she should bring the children. I agree about the little one. But the older one? She's concerned that it will upset him. I'm not sure. I think it might be helpful to him in understanding what death is--in the case of a person he is not that emotionally close to--and to see that life goes on even when people are feeling sad and miss the person. They eat, they laugh, they remember. I am thinking, how long can we protect him, and when would be the right time to expose him to life's sadder events?

What do you think?

wcl

 
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