How to talk with my 8-yr old about suicide?
June 15, 2012 10:19 AM Subscribe
How to talk with my 8-yr old about his older depressed cousin's suicide?
posted by ValveAnnex to human relations (20 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
They didn't know eachother very well. The older one came to visit for a holiday a few years ago, and played with my kid in the snow, etc.
My brother's family was devastated when it happened a couple of months ago. Our family is physically disconnected (long, long distances), and come together once a year.
This year, when we come together, the suicide will be brought up in conversations. But as parents, we've not explained it yet to our kid.
We plan to have that talk this weekend. What I don't want to see happen is that he'll think that being in a bad mood is depression, and talk of suicide comes up. He's sophisticated enough to know the difference, but still young enough to be naive.