How do I talk to my two daughters about their grandpa's failing health. They are both very close to him. They are 7 and 5 years old.


Ariana - posted on 10/02/2012




I would be as honest with them as you can. Tell them their grandpa is not feeling very well, he is very sick. I would simply explain them that people can't be with us forever. If you are religious explain to them about where people go after they die and what dying is (if they've had a pet that died).

You can tell them the truth that this is really sad and one day grandpa may die and is ill, that right now you want them to stay close to him and try to visit and love him like they always have. They should know that it's ok to be sad about this and you are there for them to talk to about his illness or potentionally his death if that happens. Plus that even thoughtheir grandpa is sick it doesn't mean he doesn't love them and that he's the same person on the inside.

Honesty is usually the best policy. If they are effected a lot by this you can bring them to a greif councellor or child councellor to help them work through any feelings they can't get out with you.

I can't imagien what you must be going through, you have my deepest sympathies.


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