Talking to God and to Children about Death

Talking to God and to Children about Death


Do you think of death as static? Are you frozen forever in the spiritual state in which you died?  In the Orthodox faith, we pray for those who have already died. Why do we do this? Fr. Chris talks to Fr. Timothy Chrapko about what does stop when you die, and what doesn’t. If you have lost a loved one, and you often wish there were still some way to act on your love for them, you might find this conversation encouraging. To learn more about this topic, Fr. Timothy suggests reading The Inner Kingdom by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware. Fr. Timothy is the associate priest at St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Congregation in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Fr. Chris speaks next with Elizabeth Hawkins, a commissioned and endorsed Chaplain with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, who works in a children’s hospital. She shares with Fr. Chris her wisdom for parents on talking to children about death. She relates her experience talking to children about their own coming death, or about the death of someone they  love. Learn some tips on how a child’s age can affect their response, and what you can do to help them.


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Fr. Chris Metropulos

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.