How exactly does one teach a child?

How exactly does one teach a child
About death
When the body can handle
No more
Of the pains of the world
The sadness
The turbulence of living
How exactly does one teach a child
That Grandpa is in heaven
And no
He cannot be fixed
Except by God
Who has chosen to keep him
In paradise
The place he’s earned with his Father
A place we cannot visit
(and this means he can’t be with your father – who is terribly said)
And yes, we may cry because Grandpa is gone
But we are happy for him
How exactly does one teach a child
That life is exciting
And fun
That we cherish every moment spent
With family,
With Friends,
Even with strangers who pause to say “hello”
But sometimes
We get sick
And our bodies need to rest
(we don’t wake up from death)
How exactly does one teach a child
That memories keep men alive
That love keeps their spirits strong
That even those who have gone home – –
Not to Grandpa’s house, baby, to God’s – –
Are with us still
Always
How exactly does one teach a child?

9.8.2011

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Comments

  1. beautiful

  2. It’s a hard life lesson, isn’t it? But a beautiful post……praying for comfort.

  3. Such beautiful words, but such a turbulent mommy moment. I pray that God comforts your family and guides your words. I sincerely pray that lil man’s heart is eased… Much love

  4. Beautifully written! So much more difficult guiding a child through grieving than going through it yourself. Blessings!

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