Explaining Death & Dying to our Kids: Vanderbilt Wishing Well blog

by Sami

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Explaining death and dying to our kids is not something we imagine doing when we give birth, yet it is an inevitable part of life.

Many of you have followed along the journey we went through with Ricky’s dad this summer, starting with him being diagnosed with a brain tumor on June 7 and finally departing from this earth on August 26, 2012.

Honestly, it is something we are all still learning to live with, especially when it comes to how our family relates to each other. But I don’t think I realized just how difficult it would be to help my children walk through the dying process.

However, in an effort to help others who are going through a similar time of life, I’m sharing our story over on the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt¬†Wishing Well blog today.

Thank you for affording me the opportunity to be so candid with you all.

Selfishly, I’d love to hear from those of you who are a step ahead of me in this process: How are your children a year after the death of your loved one? How have you taught them to handle their emotions better?

I can’t imagine this will get any easier as we get closer to the holidays, but I’m praying for clarity, healing and hope!


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