What Is The Best Way To Explain To A Child Someone They Love Has Passed Away?

United States
May 30, 2010 2:42pm CST
Becoming a mother matures you in alot of ways. It can even in some cases make you an overnight expert. I notice that when it comes to the subject of death some of my friends/family members struggle on how to explain this to their children. It ends up turning into a heated debate or in some cases a physical confrontation. Everyone has an opinion on how/when the child should be told and what the child should/should not be told. Everyone seems to forget the main reason why we came together in the first place. What is your opinion?
1 response
@rosie230 (1674)
30 May 10
It is a good point, because as a mother myself, i think that it would be one of the hardest things that I would have to do... I know that my 9 year old is a very emotional boy and if anything happened like this he would be devastated, so I would have to be a little careful... as for the best way I am not sure entirely I think it would depend on the time, and how my son was in general to be able to explain to him. I dont think that I could keep something like that from him, I would have to tell him as soon as I could, but would have to be very gentle, as he is old enough to understand that people die etc
• United States
30 May 10
I agree Rosie. I just wish that everyone could see it that way.