Sunday, January 9, 2011

Close to home

The news that people died from the flu had huge impact, because one of the young people was a brother of a schoolfriend of the girls.

Last year they lost a schoolfriend in an airoplane crash.

Death is a theme that is discussed frequently in our home.
We're not scared to discuss it and I've found out that it makes it easy for the children to talk about it too.

It has been a way od dealing in our society to hide from it, to ignore it as well as possible, and the result was that children didn't know how to deal with it at all and even worse, parents themselves didn't know what to do.

I can't count the number of parents who turned to us, a volunteer organisation of parents who provided professional and non-professional help to other parents.

We worked for years on a daily basis with groups and individuals and tried to motivate professional organisations to take over. They finally did.

taling with children about such a serious theme, age related, has been so wonderful.
Children are closer to nature and to the bare facts of life, and they have a huge wisdom when they're able to speak freely.

How do you deal with death in your family?
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