Preparing a child for the death of a parent

Maggie was asked by a listener on ABC Perth Afternoons about how to prepare a child for the death of a parent.

They write on their blog:

Listener Neil called the Afternoon Show to ask parenting educator, Maggie Dent what to say to his two-and-a-half year old grand-daughter whose mother has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and has months to live.

Maggie said there’s an opportunity for the mother to leave letters and videos if she wishes, for significant moments in the child’s future and to play when the child is missing their mum.

“The thing that hurts the most is the sense of disconnection,” said Maggie.

She also advised the family to work out what they would say, if they don’t have a faith.

“I do suggest to families they say, one day we will all go up to that star, that’s our family star and one day we’ll all be there together.”

“What is does for young children, it gives them hope.”

You can listen to Maggie’s full answer to a very difficult question.

Listen here