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Death and Grief and Children

As Tim Jonze says, "Children can handle difficult things without getting upset, as long as they hear them in a safe and secure context."

Disney knew this: Bambi (and much later, The Lion King.)

When my father died 13 years ago, my daughter was 3, and I was so nervous to tell her, even though we had been caring for him in the living room for a little over a week. I wasn't sure of what her reaction would be, especially as I had been weeping all morning.

She was curious, and a little nonchalant. She touched him, he was cold, and that surprised her, and she kissed him and went back to her toys. It wasn't until much later when the funeral home sent someone for him, that she got upset -- "Where is he taking Gragrad?"

Death and bereavement are inevitable human experiences. I believe if we reintegrate them into our lives without fear and with compassion, our time here on earth will be richer, more connected, more loving.


That's my plan for my next film, Somewhere Very Near. I intend to take it into schools, paired with an age-appropriate creative workshop to gently introduce the young people to death and grief. Very grateful for the partnership of John Adams with this endeavor, and for my incredible producer, Rebecca del Tufo.

If you would like to get involved, or have ideas for me, please reach out, I would love to chat with you!

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