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My father in law passed last Tuesday after an extended illness.

 

My kids all seem to be doing well. But my 8 yo son is struggling. He does fine during the day but at night when he slows down enough to think about it, it's really hard for him.

 

He doesn't remember his granddad healthy. :(

 

But he still misses him and it makes him sad.

 

Is there something I can do to help? It hurts my heart to have him so sad.

 

Last night he said he was going to invent a time machine and go back to when his granddad was well and spend time with him.

 

I hate cancer.

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I'm sorry for your loss.

let him talk about his feelings.  he's linguistically inexperienced, and may not know the words to describe how he is feeling.  let him know it is okay to feel sad when someone we love dies. it's okay to not want  to go interact with a bunch of other people.  it's okay to talk about them and share memories.

 

you can look into grief resource groups for children in your area.

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