Mortal thoughts — 4 Comments

  1. Most children experience death with the loss of a grandparent, some sadly with the loss of a parent. Maybe Primary schools educate children on this topic but a 6 year old I met recently told me that when he grew up he wanted to work in the graveyard digging holes for dead people before they go to heaven.

  2. The concept of death is there, then, but when does it become something that causes concern?

  3. My sister died tragically at only 60, when my own little daughter was four years old. They had shared a special bond as favourite aunt and favourite niece, and she attended the funeral fascinated but not perturbed that Aunty was in that box. The previous Pope died a couple of weeks later, and children in Catholic schools were given a day off in respect, which raised serious moans of why we weren’t Catholics. My daughter then recounted the tale of the assembly where her schoolmates in a CoI school were asked to pause in respect of the deceased Pope and she raised her hand to contribute to the service with this little gem: “we needn’t be quiet too long because the Pope will be fine when he gets to Heaven because when he knocks at the door my aunty Pat will open the door and say, Oh hello Pope do come in, and then she’ll probably make sure and get his tea ready.”

    When does death become a cause for concern – I don’t know, maybe when we start to doubt it’s a journey to another place?

  4. A brilliant story!

    My late mother-in-law used to regard each passing day as “a day’s march nearer home”, she had no doubt about her journey.

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