Your Grieving Child

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Finding the Wordsp. 13
Grief: The Basicsp. 15
The Big Questionsp. 21
Why did she have to die?p. 22
Why does God allow suffering and death?p. 23
Why didn't I get a chance to say good-bye?p. 25
Why didn't prayers make him all better?p. 26
Is she really never coming back?p. 27
Someone said, "She just went to sleep." Why doesn't she wake up?p. 28
Someone said, "God took her." Why would God be so mean?p. 29
Someone said, "God wanted her." Doesn't he know I want her, too?p. 30
If I'm really good, will God bring her back?p. 31
Why do some babies die?p. 32
Why did he kill himself?p. 33
Why was she killed?p. 34
Why would someone want to kill him?p. 35
What Comes Nextp. 37
Where is she now? What comes after death?p. 38
What's a soul?p. 39
Is he an angel now?p. 40
Is she a ghost now?p. 41
Is she a saint now?p. 42
What is heaven like?p. 43
Do pets go to heaven?p. 44
Who goes to hell? What is it like?p. 45
What is purgatory?p. 46
What is limbo?p. 47
Why do we pray for her?p. 48
Why do we pray to her?p. 49
Did our love die, too?p. 50
Can he see me?p. 51
Is God mad at her because she didn't go to church?p. 52
A Child's Own Reactionsp. 53
Is this my fault?p. 54
Did he die because I was bad?p. 55
Did he die because he was bad?p. 56
Will I always feel this awful?p. 57
What is grief?p. 58
Will I ever be happy again?p. 59
Why can't I stop thinking about her?p. 60
What if I forget him?p. 61
Am I bad because I'm kind of mad at her for leaving? Are you mad at her, too?p. 62
Am I bad because I kind of feel glad he's dead?p. 63
Why am I afraid to be alone or go to sleep?p. 64
Why can't I stop crying?p. 65
Why can't I sleep?p. 66
Why am I so tired?p. 67
Why does my stomach hurt?p. 68
Am I bad because for a little while I forgot she was dead?p. 69
I thought I saw her today. Did I?p. 70
Will I ever see him again?p. 71
Are you going to die?p. 72
Am I going to die?p. 73
Why am I dying?p. 74
Why are you dying?p. 75
Can I talk to him? Does he hear me? Will he talk to me?p. 76
How can we have Christmas without her?p. 77
Why do I still think he's not dead?p. 78
Funerals and Cemeteriesp. 79
What is a "funeral home"?p. 80
How does the funeral home get his good clothes?p. 81
Why is it called a funeral "home"?p. 82
What is a "mortician"?p. 83
What is "embalming"?p. 84
What's the difference between a casket and a coffin?p. 85
What does "cremation" mean?p. 86
How is a body cremated?p. 87
What is a "viewing"?p. 88
What is a "vigil"?p. 89
What is a "wake"?p. 90
What are "mourners"?p. 91
What is a "survivor"?p. 92
What is an "obituary"?p. 93
Who writes what's said in the obituary?p. 94
Why did her obituary say "and grandchildren" instead of giving my name like it gave yours?p. 95
What happens at the funeral?p. 96
Do I have to do something at the funeral?p. 97
What do people wear to funerals?p. 98
Why do we use special cars?p. 99
Will I get to ride in a special car?p. 100
Will I ride in the same car with you?p. 101
Why can't I go to the funeral?p. 102
Is it OK to be afraid of her body?p. 103
Why didn't he look like himself in the coffin?p. 104
Why couldn't I see his legs?p. 106
Why was the coffin kept closed?p. 107
Is the coffin locked?p. 108
What's a "pallbearer"?p. 109
Why does the priest use holy water and incense?p. 110
What's the difference between a funeral and a memorial?p. 111
Why didn't we have a funeral for him?p. 112
Will there be a flag on the coffin?p. 113
Will there be someone playing the bugle or shooting guns at the cemetery?p. 114
Why do some people send flowers?p. 115
Why are people buried?p. 116
Who digs the hole?p. 117
What if a body wakes up after it's buried?p. 118
What's a "headstone"?p. 119
What does "rest in peace" mean?p. 120
What happens right after the funeral?p. 121
Why do we have a big lunch after the funeral?p. 122
Why were some people laughing after the vigil and after the funeral? Wasn't that rude?p. 123
What am I supposed to do with the memorial card?p. 124
Why do we go back and visit her grave?p. 125
Dealing with Othersp. 127
Why is Daddy (Mommy) so mad?p. 128
Why didn't my cousins cry?p. 129
What do I say when people say they're sorry?p. 130
What do I say when people ask me how I'm doing?p. 131
Why do my friends act as if nothing has happened?p. 132
On Dyingp. 133
Why couldn't I see her in the hospital?p. 134
Who told you he was dead?p. 135
Does it hurt to die?p. 136
How did they know she was really dead?p. 137
Why did it take so long for her to die?p. 138
What does "pull the plug" mean?p. 139
What is "euthanasia"?p. 140
What did she die of?p. 141
What is a "death certificate"?p. 142
What is an "autopsy"?p. 143
What was it like when she died?p. 144
Did she talk about me?p. 145
Will her body ever work again?p. 146
What does "organ donor" mean?p. 147
Don't some people almost die and then come back? Why didn't he come back?p. 148
Now what happens to her stuff?p. 149
Conclusion: The Good Newsp. 151
Sourcesp. 153
Prayersp. 155
Indexp. 163
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