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How do you explain the death of a parent to a young child?

by Rabbi Shlomo Chein

  

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As adults we tend to think comfort comes from intellectual understanding and soothing words.

A child finds comfort in a sympathetic face, a gentle smile, and a loving hug. More than he needs to know about where his parent went, he needs to know where he himself will be heading. He needs to know that although life has ended for his loved one, life has not ended for him.

A child finds comfort in a sympathetic face, a gentle smile, and a loving hug
And he can only know this through feelings and actions.

See also How do I explain death and what happens afterwards to my ten year old son?


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