Whether it’s a relative or a family pet, when someone close to us passes away, it can be difficult to explain their passing to a young child.
Our instinct, especially as parents, is to protect children from pain and sadness. But death is a natural part of life, and if we don’t explain it to our children now, they won’t be prepared for the inevitability of the future.
“We’ve got to talk about death because we’ve got to stop avoiding topics that might be uncomfortable,” says Amy, whose company helps families plan for death in advance.
As a mother of three, Kristina also notes that if we don’t talk about death with our children now, “We’re actually potentially harming our kids, because we’re not preparing them for something they’re going to face in life, and then they’ll be even more traumatized.”
Everyone has an idea of what their funeral will look like when they pass away (Kristina’s involves a chocolate fountain and “Stairway To Heaven”), but how will anyone know what you want at your funeral if you never discuss it with them?
When we are open and candid about what we want at our funerals, we are saving our relatives from having to play guessing games, plus we are allowing them the emotional space to grieve.
Check out Kristina and Amy’s convincing argument below, and don’t forget to SHARE this with anyone who’s afraid to talk about death.
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