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I need help explaining death and religion to my child.

An older family member has died. We'll be traveling to attend the viewing and funeral, which will be heavily religious. My 7-year-old daughter didn't know this family member, but has reacted very negatively to the idea of death in the past (long stretches spent sobbing in my arms). We are agnostic, with one of us leaning heavily towards atheism. I could use suggestions on how to talk with my little girl about these things. [more inside]
posted by moira on Aug 2, 2013 - 27 answers

How can we help our son know his father?

My husband has a few more months before cancer takes his energy, and then his life. We have a 17 month old son. My husband plans to write some letters to our son, but beyond that, I am not sure what to do to help my son know his father. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Mozzie on Aug 13, 2012 - 62 answers

Elderly grandparents and young children

How do I best manage a visit to my elderly/dying grandparents with my young children? [more inside]
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse on Jun 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Explaining death to baby atheists

Atheist families: how have you talked about death with your small children? [more inside]
posted by xo on Apr 3, 2012 - 29 answers

Babar, Mortality and Me

Which of the Babar books deal with death? This question stems from a childhood anecdote that goes a little something like this . . . [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Sep 27, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me be a good friend to a grieving family in need, please.

A friend is about to pass away. Please help me be as supportive and helpful as possible for her husband and young daughter during the next few months. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 23, 2011 - 26 answers

How to explain dog death to a 2 year old?

Explaining near future pet death to a 2-year-old. Help please. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Mar 21, 2011 - 25 answers

Helping a 5 year old deal with death...

Any thoughts about talking with young children about death? [more inside]
posted by jcworth on Dec 13, 2010 - 37 answers

Daughter saw a dead guy

My three-year-old daughter just saw a dead guy. On our way to daycare we discovered a man who had apparently jumped from the top of our apartment building and died. Clearly dead, blue face, blood coming out of ear, but nothing "gory" per se. She only saw him for a second before I turned her away, but it clearly freaked her out a little. I tried to tell her he was just playing, but it's hard to tell what her inner reactions are. I brought her to daycare because I had little choice, and she seemed surprised or confused, like she had seen something she knew was Not Good but had no further understanding of. How can I help her avoid being adversely affected by this?
posted by zachawry on Jul 28, 2010 - 40 answers

How to prepare a 4.5 year old for his grand father's passing?

How to prepare a 4.5 year old for his grand father's passing? [more inside]
posted by trbrts on Jul 19, 2010 - 14 answers

How to tell children about death book suggestions for a single dad

A friend's father passed away suddenly and he is having difficulty formulating a way to tell his daughter. What books would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by spec80 on Dec 16, 2009 - 11 answers

When do children develop a sense of their own mortality?

At what age does a child realize his or her mortality? [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Aug 27, 2009 - 44 answers

To sow or not to sow is the question

Marriage Madness: Is it better to be single or to waste away in a bad marriage? (long, but uniquely personal details inside) [more inside]
posted by brandnew on Feb 16, 2009 - 61 answers

Help a 3 year old deal with death

My wife's beloved grandmother died yesterday and we are wondering how to explain things to our three year old daughter. [more inside]
posted by TedW on May 22, 2008 - 17 answers

How to make a child comfortable around those that are different from them

How do I expose my 2 1/2 year old son to people who have handicaps, or chronic illnesses like CP or MS? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan on Mar 2, 2007 - 32 answers

Help identify this book/movie.

Help us identify this book/movie: The only thing we can remember is something along the lines of, "Losing one parent was understandable, but losing two just seemed careless." I seem to remember it's from one of those British children's fantasy novels that start with the kid's parents dying off — or from a parody of one of those novels? But really, we're both just stumped.
posted by nebulawindphone on Apr 19, 2005 - 7 answers

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