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Hello. I Am A Single Mom To My 13 Year Old Son Jonathan And I Need Help Explaining To Him What Death Is.

Hello. I Am A Single Mom To My 13 Year Old Son Jonathan And I Need Help Explaining To Him What Death Is.

Time is a critical factor as Jonathan will be home in a few hours. We have 6 beautiful cats, well 5 now, and Jonathan does their breakfast every morning before school. He does not interact with them much due to sensory issues but he knows each one by name and will not let let them eat until they all are present. He is very adamant about this. He worries and stresses when he doesn't see all 6 of them. He does roll call several times a day and I'm not clear how or why this is a major issue other… read more

17 days ago
A MyAutismTeam Member

Have him watch "The Big Comfy Couch" episode, "Full of Life." It has the main character have a caterpillar die. The show does an awesome job explaining "full" and "empty". When you are alive, you are full of life, and when a person or animal dies, the soul leaves and the body is then empty. The soul then goes to Heaven. <3

16 days ago
A MyAutismTeam Member

Thank you for your responses I appreciate the feedback. I always seem to panic when I feel Jonathan is about to have his heart broke. Turns out he has said nothing, nothing at all. Almost like he knows but doesn't say anything. He hasn't called George to come eat or anything. Kinda strange but I'll take it lol. Tracie I've never heard of the program u mentioned which sounds helpful but sad. Jonathan has never been interested in TV unless it's Barney or Daniel Tiger and some Veggie Tales so I'm always open to new things to interest him. And Autie41 I would like to read or learn about Rainbow Bridge. I'm sure I will put it to use in the future. You ladies are wonderful and I thank you for listening. ❤️😘🌅

14 days ago
A MyAutismTeam Member

I'd also tell him about the Rainbow Bridge, where animals who have passed on wait to be reunited with their owners. There is a poem about it ❤️

17 days ago
A MyAutismTeam Member

Hugs ❤️ It's never easy losing a furbaby! I would definitely teach him that it is a natural part of life, but maybe not show him George. I'm sure he'd rather remember him as the living, breathing companion he was. I'm surprised he hasn't come across any mention of death from anyone at school or even on TV (episodes dealing with pet loss, etc.). Hope this helps!

17 days ago

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