A difficult conversation

A loved one’s suicide leaves family and friends with unanswered questions. After asking why and what did we miss, one of the biggest questions is, “How do we tell the kids?”

When my children’s grandfather took his own life, the last thing I wanted to do was tell them how Grampa died. But when a newspaper headlined the details, I knew I had no choice. I went to bed that night wondering how I would tell them, and The Story of The Bear came to me in the night.

It was a way for me to open the difficult conversation. After I told them the story, my then 7-year-old son said, “That was a good story, but it’s too bad the bear had to die.”

And then I told them the rest of the story.

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