“I Wish That Mommy Never Dies” Helping My Preschooler Cope with Grief and Loss

Childlifemommy hits the nail on the head with how to support young children coping with death. Empathy and expressive open-ended play leads a path to healing.

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Whilevisiting family during Christmas break, we decided to grab a bite to eat. I saw a fountain that would be a great distraction for my impatient 4 and a half-year old, while we waited to be seated.As I handed my son pennies to toss into the water,I had no idea that he would have such a powerful wish.

“I wish that Mommy never dies.”

His words took my breath away, as I just stoodthere with a handful of copperpennies that were meant for garbage trucks, police cars and Legos.

Our family had experienced 4 deaths in just a short ten months and my son was realizing the permanence of these deaths.

As a child life specialist that works to support children’s grief, I was witnessing my own son’s emotional torture of understanding death, coping with his fear of loss and trying to understand why his French Bulldog couldn’t come back…

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