The topics of death or suffering are often very challenging for grownups to understand, and yet we are the ones who are responsible for teaching our children about these tough matters. Especially now with Easter, these difficult topics ask our attention In doing so, we should choose our words carefully because we don’t want to scare them, but we also don’t want to lie to them either.
The reality is everyone is going to die. And sadly, at some point in your child’s life, they are going to be exposed to either a friend or a family member enduring a difficult or scary illness. Hopefully, when that happens you won’t get caught off guard by the fully loaded questions your child is likely to ask like mine did recently.
My daughter is very aware of death because our extended family is in the funeral business. However, up until recently, her understanding of death was that only old people die. Or those who get into unfortunate accidents.