Talking About Death and Difficult Subjects
Preschoolers and early elementary children are very interested in talking about death and difficult subjects. Typically, children will ask parents a variation of one of these questions:
- Why did the insect die?
- Did my cat go to cat heaven? Can I see her?
- I know great grandpa was very old and sick? Why did he die? Where did he go? Will I see him again?
- Will you die soon?
A Parent’s Response
When asked these questions, parents are typically overwhelmed about how to simply answer the question. When their great grandparents died, we told our preschoolers and early elementary grandkids that their great grandparents were very sick for a long time and that they died from old age and being very sick. We assured them that we would not die tomorrow and are taking very good care of ourselves. We also do not project fear and were very loving about the fun times the grandkids shared with the older relative. [Read more…]