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7 Year Old Inquiring About "Death"

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7 Year Old Inquiring About "Death"

How would you handle a 7 year old inquiring about “death”? We haven’t suffered any loss in our family lately, so there is really no reason for him to talk so much about death and dying. He constantly talks about people dying, asks when we are going to die… I am not sure how to address. It is BEYOND the religious aspect.
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  1. Answer his questions, ask him what he knows, be honest, give little bits of information. It is normal for children to be curious about death. When discussing big life events and situations think of them as ongoing conversions as opposed to one talk – honesty builds trust and will make the atmosphere where he knows he can come to you for those big life questions.

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    1. THANK YOU – I love your bit about it being an ongoing conversation… I can relate to that. Thank you!

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  2. http://www.bundoo.com/articles/how-children-understand-death/
    http://www.bundoo.com/videos/how-to-explain-the-death-of-a-pet-to-a-toddler/

    I always come back to these Bundoo articles with this question. My biggest takeaway is to not explain it as “going to sleep” or that someone is sleeping, which I totally would have done before reading these articles.

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  3. Our daughter has always been interested in death, and I guess for a little mind that doesn’t fully understand it, it would be interesting to know about. Her great grandmother died when she was 5 so she did experience that, which brought up more questions.

    We’ve always been honest and as frank as possible with her. We believe in heaven and he’ll so discuss that, but also just talk about how it’s permanent, and whatever or whoever died won’t wake up.

    Hope this helps!

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