How do you explain to 2 four year olds about death and heaven?

Janelle - posted on 05/04/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My dad died yesterday and I don't know how to tell my twin girls who are 4 about him dying and heaven. And that they won't see him again for a long time. It's really hard because those were his babies. And My 12 year old is taking it really hard. How do I help her. And trying to be the strong one in front of the kids?

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Amy - posted on 05/06/2013

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Be very open and honest. Answer their questions to the best of your ability. I know it's not the same but we lost our dog suddenly when my daughter was 2 1/2, we talked to her about heaven and let her know it was not a place we could go visit. Now at 3 she talks about how she's in heaven and wants her to come home to visit us but I just remind her it's not possible. I'm sure it will be incredibly difficult but honesty is the way to go. I'm sorry for your loss. Depending on how the older one processes everything, you may want to speak to the school psychologist who can help her deal with it.

Janelle - posted on 05/04/2013

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Where Baptist and the little ones kind of understand and my dad was healthy. He just had a bad stroke. And passed and they go to bible study so they kind of understand God's word, I just don't know how to explain it.

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