A recent death in the family and in the family of someone very close to me this past month has had this topic on my mind, and I thought it would be fitting for a Moms Talk discussion.
Today, it's dealing with death.
I remember the first time I watched ER as a kid (why I was watching ER as a tyke, I don't recall), and I remember seeing Noah Wyle doing his best to save all those folks inside that hospital. But when someone died, I wasn't quite sure what that meant.
What I did know was that I didn't like it. Boy, did I not like it. It was scary, it was unknown, and if it ever happened to someone I knew — or me, even! — I just couldn't fathom it.
I was a lucky kid; I hadn't experienced death before. I was fortunate to have all my grandparents, my close relatives, my friends. So when I saw death on TV it had the same effect on me as watching Friday the 13th before bedtime. I was shaken.
The scariness of that situation still overshadows the comforting words I received from my mom, but I do know that she consoled me by telling me I had nothing to worry about, and that it was a fact of life that people, for the most part, don't really think about.
Whatever she said, it worked. I'm curious as to what other moms have said to their kids if they've ever experienced the loss of a loved one at a young age, or if their kids were like me and were just curious about death? Are there any resources out there you'd recommend on the topic?