From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

November 21

I work with grieving children. One night as I was preparing to give a lecture, a woman called. She was dying and said her therapist had advised her that discussing it with her son would be too traumatic for him. I told her I thought she knew what would be best and invited her to attend the lecture.

That night I said that children usually can handle truth better than denial, and that respecting children meant including them in the family sadness, not shutting them out.

The next morning I received another phone call from the woman. When she got home from my lecture, she woke up her son and said, “Derek, I have something to tell you.”

“Oh, Mommy, is it now you are going to tell me that you are dying?”

She held him close, and they both sobbed while she said, “Yes.”

The little boy said he had something he had been saving for her. He handed her a dirty pencil box. Inside was a letter that said,“Good-bye, Mom. I will always love you.”

The young mother died two days later. The dirty pencil box and letter were placed in her casket.

Doris Sanford

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