Welcoming the Dark time of Year
and Birthing into the Coming Light
with your young ones:
A Time of Death / A Time of Rebirth
Winter time, the time where the days get shorter, darker, and colder. Beautiful flowers, cool and comforting breezes, singing birds and chirping crickets have all gone, gone to sleep. Many plants and trees look like they have died and never will return again.
Young children, particularly four-year-olds, begin asking questions about death and parents often wonder, "How do I broach this subject?"
The question arises each year from caring, loving parents, “My child is talking about death a lot. Is that normal? What do I do?” And I hear the pre-schoolers with their questions, concerns, curiosities that rise from their inherent state of awe and wonder about this subject.
Recently my students and I found a fully intact deceased Raven. There was great curiosity about this being. “How did it die?” “Why did it die?” “Will its Mommy and Daddy miss it?” “Will it come back to life if we touch it?” and on and on went the questions. Such grand curiosity and inquisitive questioning. Yes?!
This Dark time of year is getting ready to leave. We are at Midwinter in just one week, the time of hope, the time of promise that warmer, lighter, brighter days are to come. This is often so much easier to share and enjoy with our children.
Yet, before we leave our darker days, on my blog I wish to offer you some games for thought and self inquiry about what your beliefs and values are around death and how you can support your little ones as they embrace such grand and ever present curiosities.