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5 year old says he wants to die and go to heaven

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 1, 2010
  • 10:44 PM

Hi,

I'm a concerned Mother right now as my little boy is making these strange comments for the past few weeks. He doesn't say them on a regular basis but over the past number of weeks he may have mentioned them 3 -4 times.
Just this evening we were visiting my sisters and he was having great fun with a cousin but they were getting a little bit loud and I corrected him. He asked if anyone had a chainsaw, that he wanted to cut his head off and die so he could go to heaven to see his dog charlie who died suddenly last month.

He doesn't say them with much meaning in them, in fact they are just 'flippant' comments that roll off the tongue.

At the same time it's very alarming to hear such a loving caring and affectionate little boy talk like that. I explained to him that it's not nice to say those things after tonights incident and I think he may have got the message, or rather I'm hoping he did!

I'm trying not to give him too much attention when he makes the comments either as I don't want him to see there's a reaction and for the comments to become more frequent.

I'm at a loss here...

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  • If you believe this is stemming from the recent death of his dog, maybe you should try having an open conversation with him to find out if it is the case. If it is perhaps you could try to give him some kind of reassurance that: sometimes bad things just happen, it is ok to be sad--but he shouldn't say those things, it was his time to go. And if he asks questions be receptive to letting him talk about it and see where things go.
    Pink_Panther27 20 Replies Flag this Response
  • Sounds like he's been watching tv and seen something that's disturbed him, maybe you should keep an eye on what he watches, kids have overactive imaginations.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
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