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Talking to Kids About Death

My Daughter Asked How Daddy Died

Karen Sewell | Posted 03.24.2015 | Parents
Karen Sewell

Your desire to understand has always been so clear. It's one of your fiercest personality traits, and sometimes you and I butt heads over it. I've always known that you would want to understand this, and while we talked, it was as if I could see the gears working in your mind while you tried to sort it all out.

(Inadequately) Talking To My Kid About Death

Sue Robins | Posted 03.17.2015 | Parents
Sue Robins

I can tell Aaron isn't sure what to do with his emotions. MY GRANDPA DIED! he sometimes yells. I haven't been that successful in explaining that in North America, we don't run around yelling about death.

Talking to My Toddler About Death, Faith and Other Oddities

Amber Nichols-Buckley | Posted 03.11.2015 | Parents
Amber Nichols-Buckley

A few days ago, my 3-year-old, Jane, who is inquisitive by nature and has a recent interest in mortality, looked up from her dolls and asked, "Will I get new eyes when I die?"

Things We Won't Tell Your Mother

Andy Bellin | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Andy Bellin

For the most part, we are a very happy family. But I realized then that my fear of doing some indelible future damage to my boys had put me on permanent guard.

How Do You Say Goodbye When He Doesn't Believe He's Dying?

Sharon Zuckerwar | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Sharon Zuckerwar

Their Pop is the one they saw last month, the last time they saw him. The Pop that was not feeling well that day. The Pop that slept most of the day, but still managed to get up and spend some time with them.

One Fish, Two Fish, Dead Fish, New Fish

Cort Ruddy | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Cort Ruddy

Over the next three months, I went to Pet Smart as often as Norm went to Cheers. The staff would greet me with, "Want the usual?" I became a master of the goldfish switcheroo.

When the End Is in Sight: Handling the Conversations, and Your Life

Martha Nelson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

Nothing seems to shock us more than a diagnosis of cancer. I suspect it's terrifying because, deep inside, each of us knows it could happen to us. We pause when a friend or family member is stricken, our frightened minds turning to mush. Oh, no, we think. Am I next?

Why Movies Are Teaching My Kid More Than I Am

Meredith Hale | Posted 09.27.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

I suppose this cinema-driven loss of innocence has been going on for generations. My mom still recounts my tears upon seeing Bambi's mother get shot, or my grief over the strained friendship between Tod and Copper in The Fox and the Hound.

4 Steps to Talking with Your Children About Tragedy

Smita Malhotra, M.D. | Posted 09.27.2014 | Parents
Smita Malhotra, M.D.

A lot of us have a tendency to not talk about tragedy with our children. And that is only natural. We want to protect them more than anything. We want them to never feel fear. But in this digital age, children will find out about world events.

When Parenting Breaks Your Heart

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

I wanted to be a mom for a long time before I became one. But I didn't know how tired I'd be. Or how angry I'd get. I had no idea that the stakes would feel so high and the losses would loom so big. Parenting is scary and painful -- it breaks your heart.

I Didn't Know What To Say

Heather Spohr | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Heather Spohr

My 4-year-old daughter Annabel's questions about her deceased older sister Madeline come in phases, and we are currently in a big one.

How I Talked to My Daughter About Death

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Flora Ross

He hugged her back, and looked at me. His eyes were watery. I was not sure if it was from tears or not. She climbed down and said, "We should go so BaBop can rest."

The Existential Weight of Motherhood: 'Will I Die, Mom?'

Kim Siegal | Posted 10.01.2013 | Parents
Kim Siegal

Maybe this is typical of our age. We go through a cycle of some kind of a religious upbringing, then challenge and question it in our youth, come back to it for the sake of our children as young parents and then maybe cling to it more deeply when we're faced with crisis or our own mortality.

What Nobody Prepares You To Have To Tell Your Child

Andrea | Posted 06.26.2013 | Parents
Andrea

No one tells you that someday you might have to answer questions that don't have answers. No one tells you that you'll have to swallow so many tears to let them cry theirs.

Kelly Ripa On Talking To Your Kids About The Newtown Tragedy (WATCH)

Posted 08.15.2013 | MarloThomas

How should you approach the subject of the the Newtown tragedy with your children? When Kelly Ripa joined me on Mondays With Marlo, she told me that s...

Talking to Young Children About the Death of Young Children

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 02.17.2013 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

It has been many years since my own very young son died, but we think of him often, especially on gray days like today, when he was born. We have created a living legacy to him in how we talked to our children.

Sharing Facts About Newtown With Kids

Sara Carder | Posted 02.17.2013 | Parents
Sara Carder

Sunday night, a group of parents in my son's first grade class began emailing one another to ask if other families had decided to tell their children what happened in Newtown. Parents were worried that if they didn't tell their child, their child would hear about the tragedy at school from kids.

How I Told My Daughters That Their Mother Was Dying

Creekmore World | Posted 11.10.2012 | Parents

This blog post originally appeared on It's A Creekmore World. Trisha Creekmore passed away on October 18th, 2012. Her memorial service was last night....

Carie's Ghost

Suzanne Clores | Posted 12.05.2012 | Parents
Suzanne Clores

What if you and daddy both get sick and die? Who will take care of me? Where will you go?

How Kids Deal With Grief And The Afterlife

Susan McCorkindale | Posted 11.13.2011 | Religion
Susan McCorkindale

According to the experts, there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. We also have -- and I respectfully suggest this as a sixth stage -- Hell.

Death, Kindergarten And What The Topics Have In Common

JD Roberto | Posted 10.06.2011 | Parents
JD Roberto

We weren't really talking about death or kindergarten, we were talking about change. These two seemingly ill-matched topics were, in fact, a perfect pairing in the mind of a thoughtful five-year-old.