Episode 27: How to Talk about Death with Children – Kay Bruner

In by Cindy Brandt


Show Description:

An unimaginable tragedy happened to one of our previous podcast guests, Kay Bruner. She lost her 28 year old daughter in the summer of 2018. I’ve invited her back on to our show to talk about death, this intrusion into her family life and turned her world upside down. We share tips on how to talk to children about death, as Kay is caring for her granddaughter. We talk about deconstruction of faith and what our beliefs are about the afterlife and what that means when it actually hits home.

Please honor Kay in her still-new grief, and respect her family’s privacy. There is some raw emotion, as is expected, in this episode, and I truly hope it will draw us closer as a community as we rally around Kay and her family as you get a chance to connect to her pain and loss. We’ll get through this together, as Kay says in the show.

Links (affiliate links included):

Kay’s Website: http://kaybruner.com/blog

Traveling Mercies – https://amzn.to/2BAQtcK

List of children’s books to talk about death – https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/03/23/best-childrens-books-death-grief-mourning/?fbclid=IwAR1sQb_qfnjE2NHkdVIpmZfuxmZdHfgns7dEdV4C7oQmASRVpdptI4tJ1_s

Kay recommends these below children’s books for reassuring a child they are safe and loved:

No Matter What – https://amzn.to/2Soc51v

Love – https://amzn.to/2Pg1ovU

Wherever You are – https://amzn.to/2U7lD2y

All of Us – https://amzn.to/2Pg9C7o

NPR Physicist Eulogy – https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4675953

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