explaining death to young children

Aimee - posted on 06/24/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am having a little trouble explaining the death of my grandfather to my 3 young children. their ages are 6, 5, and 3. I don't know if it is just that i am having a hard time dealing with that i can't explain it or what but i can't seem to find the words to tell them what is going on. they understand that he has passed away but how do i explain to them what a funeral is and why it has to take place. I have never had to do this before and i really am having trouble with it. any suggestions. i will take all of the help i can get with this. i would ask my mom for help but is was her dad so i don't know how she would react to my asking her for help.

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Aimee - posted on 06/24/2009

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thank you for advice and i do know that he will be watching us all for years to come!!! i so totally belive in heaven

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I had to explain the death of my sister in law to my boys(2 and 4) last month. I told them that Aunt was sick. She was going to live in Heaven with Jesus.

Now my great-niece who is 4 told my son point blank--Grandma is dead and she is in heaven. I personally was scared to be that blunt about it, but now when we talk about Aunt the boys know where she is and they think she is watching over them.

I never told them about the funeral or why we have one. We have gone to the cemetery and they have seen where she is buried.

I don't want to impose a belief, so I hope that I did not offend you. This is what has helped me.

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