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How do you explain death to a child?

11 June 2014 - 08:20 PM

My wife's Uncle started showing signs of something being wrong about 4 weeks ago and today was sent home from the hospital diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  The hospital said there was nothing more they could do.  He is in the care of Hospice with pancreatic cancer, sepsis, a failed liver, bile backing up in his system and is on so much Morphine to control the pain that his organs are likely to shut down at any time.


My 4 year old son absolutely loves the dude.


I've unfortunately had to deal with death at a "much-too-early" age when my father passed of cancer when I was 11.  That had an effect on me that has lasted to my current age of 39.  Nobody really gets over that type of loss, so it's something I'll likely hold on to my entire life.  


My biggest issue when he died was the poo people told me...about how God had a plan and that he was happy with God.  That made me angry, because how could anyone be so selfish to take my Dad away from me when I needed him the most?


Anyway, my point is I am unclear how to explain this to my son.  I've read a decent amount about it in the last day or two...most people urge you to use as few words as possible and to leave religion out of it, both points I completely agree with.  They say to keep it simple like, "he won't eat again, he won't walk again, he won't speak again, he won't breathe again".


So, I'm curious if any of my fellow Huddlers have had a similar situation and can share their ways of explaining death to someone so young.  Explaining what death is so he understands is a very sad thing, but something I feel necessary so he doesn't end up confused like I was.


Any insight is much more than appreciated...

Tickets for the Taints game on the 22nd

03 December 2013 - 07:49 PM

Hey peeps,


My wife and I want to go to the Taints game on the 22nd. I'm looking at ticket prices and they are pretty high for a decent seat on the Panther's side. Is it worth it to wait and see if I can get a lucky break the day of from a scalper or should I just bite the bullet and pay +/- $500 for two tickets now?

how did you guys/gals cook your Turkey?

28 November 2013 - 09:21 PM

How did you guys/gals cook your Turkey this year?  I brined mine and will repeat. It was a 19 pounder since we had 12 adults and 3 kids. Brine consisted of:


11 cups water

6 garlic cloves

.25 cup allspice

2.5 cups kosher salt

2 large white onions

Tablespoon whole cloves

.25 cup olive oil

2 cups chicken broth

3 celery stalks cut in half

A double deuce of Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale

2 cups ice


Add everything but beer and ice in a pot and boil. Pull off the heat and add the beer and ice.  Once cool, add the turkey to a brine bag and pour the brine in. Let it marinate for a good 24 hours.


I cooked the this one on the grill on indirect heat.  About 350 for 3.5 hours until it was 160 degrees and let it rest for 30.


Absolutely stellar turkey. Juicy and flavorful.



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