Monday, March 28, 2011

The Girl tries to sort out that whole death thing

We recently lost my grandmother, who was 92 years old. My children had a fairly close relationship with her, although they hadn’t seen as much of her in recent months while she’s been hospitalized. Both of my kids have had their questions, but The Girl came up with probably the most basic childhood concern recently as we were getting her ready for bed:

Girl: What happens if you die while we are still kids?

Me: You mean, what would happen to you if I died while you were still little?

Girl: Yeah.

Me: Well, Daddy would take care of you.

Girl: But what if Daddy died too?

Me: Oh, well, then Gram and Pap would take care of you, plus Uncle Brian and Aunt Stacy, and Grandma and Grandpa. You have a lot of people that love you that will help take care of you.

Girl: ?

Girl: OK. Can we read the story about Pocahontas tonight?

Me: Sure!

And so it goes.

Now read about The Boy


  1. Aidan was saying Hocahontas... He also talks/worries about death sometimes. We like the movie "Brother Bear" to get at these issues but the viewpoint is the closest to our beliefs.

  2. I've not seen that movie. I'll have to check it out. Thanks!