As parents, it’s understandable that we want to shelter our kids from any pain. We want to help preserve their innocence as long as we can and don’t ever want to see them sad or upset.
It’s a part of life and pretty much unavoidable. Death is not a comfortable topic for anyone, and when it comes time to talk to our kids about it, it’s not easy. We have had many conversations in our house about death and grief — a lot more lately than we had in the past. My children know about our miscarriage history and our children who passed too soon, age-appropriate.
Over the past few months, my children have been exposed to their first experiences of grief. The passing of our two family cats have left them with these sometimes hard to navigate feelings of sadness, anger, confusion and guilt. It’s not easy to see your child cry, missing someone you can’t bring back — but allowing their grief process is important.
We talk often about their feelings, and I don’t believe that hiding my own tears and sadness from them is healthy, so they see me cry, too. It’s not easy talking to kids about death and grief, but here are some ways to make it a little easier and some tips to keep in mind when you’re having the conversations.
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