I have an almost two year old and I am unsure how to let him know his grandmother is passing away. I want to be honest. Any tips on how to handle the situation?

Posted by sonialea, 6th December 2013

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  • So sorry to hear. Maybe something like this….Grandma is going to a place called heaven because there are people up there who need her but once she goes to heaven she will turn into a beautiful angel and will be watching you always.

  • She’s gone to heaven. Get them to pick a star in the sky and say that’s grandmas star. That’s what we did with my 2 year old. She now points in the sky and says goodnight to grandma

  • i have not been through this but my kids have a playschool dvd about dinosaurs. they talk about death in that dvd. explain it well for children. might be worth getting? check the abc shops online and in store also jbhi. “play school, dinosaurs” hope it helps.

  • We just had this happen to us last week :( we told them that poppy went to heaven. That its ok to be sad and cry. We also told them sometimes poppy can come to them in their dreams. And that they can talk to poppy when they want.

  • 2 is a very young age ……. I would just simply say Grandma is sick and soon wont be with us any more. If you are religious use that :) good luck sorry to hear your sad news xx

  • It’s not easy at that age last year my grandmother passed and over a year later my now 3.5yr old still asks to go see his nan even though he knows what death is

  • Honesty is the best policy, less information is better. Too many details may scare and confuse a young child. I find once they ask question like “where are they now” I like to start my sentences with “I like to believe…”

  • There is lovely book called beginnings and endings and life in between. I shared this when my little one was three and her great grandfather passed away. Honesty is best.

  • Sadly, it’s best not to sugar coat it. Be honest and supportive

  • Let them know that Grandma has gone to heaven where she isn’t sick anymore and can do anything she wants. But put in that she will always look down on them and protect them through life.

  • Sorry to hear of your pending loss. I would start by telling them how sick she is and starting to let them know about dying and depending on your beliefs, about heaven and such

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