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


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January 7th, 2013, 07:21 PM
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Hi, I am new to this board and not sure if this is the right place to post. My son is 3 and my ex husband was just diagnosed with stage 4B pancreatic cancer. The avg. lifespan after diagnosis is 7.5 months. He is not sure if he will try chemo or not because of the quality of life he may have.
My question is how in the heck do you prepare a toddler for something like death that he doesn't even understand? Let alone why he cant see his daddy anymore.
Any feedback will be appreciated. Books, links, articles, anything. I put in a call to our hospitals cancer support group today and am sure I will get some help there as well.
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January 8th, 2013, 08:27 PM
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Oh wow, that is really tough, I'm so sorry you're going through this. My twins are almost four, and I'm not sure they'd get the death concept. They know vaguely about Heaven but thats it. My just six year old would get it, but my younger ones wouldn't. Take care and keep in touch ((hugs))
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