If Daddy Is Dead Now, Does That Mean He’s Going to Die?
How we can help grieving children
Death is a part of life. This familiar sentence implies that death is something we must accept. It is not a topic that should be taboo in our lives. Yet when a loved one departs, we can barely fathom it. Our sorrow sometimes makes us doubt whether we will ever be able to overcome the loss. What must it be like for children who are having the experience for the first time? They have not yet learned how to cope with death, the sadness it causes, and the emotions that can arise.
Children grieve differently than adults. One moment they are happy. The next, they are all of a sudden endlessly sad. Only at age 9 or 10 are children able to comprehend that death puts an irreversible end to life.
Drawing on an array of stories about children’s experiences, this book by Ralph Caspers shows how we adults can understand this special type of mourning process and offer children support. Perhaps it is a beloved hamster found lying in its cage in the morning; a best [girlfriend] [friend] who does not survive a car accident; Grandma, after reaching an impressive age; or even a parent who must depart far too soon. If we understand exactly what is going on in their young souls, we can give children the support they need to lead happy lives again after their period of grieving comes to an end.
A book that helps parents support children during the work of mourning