Friday, November 28, 2008

Dealing With Death

I used to get depressed this time of year.

I'd fixate on all the people who lost someone (family member, friend, pet) who they loved and how the holidays for them would be especially painful.

Frankly, I don't know what brought me out of the funk (but probably it had something to do with Car-man).

Now I'm faced with questions from my granddaughter about life and death. She measures impending doom by gray hair and wrinkles. But we all know that those aren't necessarily prerequisites for sudden death.

How do you soften the blow of first loss?

As I librarian, I'd recommend a couple of books which were popular at the time, The Fall of Freddie the Leaf and The Tenth Good Thing About Barney.

Maybe you have some other suggestions for our readers?

1 comment:

Diane J Standiford said...

Wow, depends on any things; but I usually go with the circle of life. That and "look at the stars." (Ode to Carl Sagan) Depends on child's age. Religion, etc. I went to so many funerals as a child, Irish here---not much blow softening, just a celebration of the life.