Aug 29, 2001 - 8:22 pm
My father is dying of metastasized melanoma, and has several visible tumors. My family and I are going to visit soon, and I need help explaining things to my daughter, Carla, who is 2 1/2 and loves her Granddaddy.
I've explained that Granddaddy is very sick and that he has big boo-boos, but not to worry, he cannot hurt her. And moreover, he needs her hugs & kisses!
I need guidance, though, about how to prepare her for his transition. I want to be honest, yet talk to her in a way that she can understand. I also worry about traumatizing her at such a tender age.
My father has elected to be cremated, so my daughter won't see his body.
How do I talk to Carla in a way she can relate?