Hello to all! I graciously step in only as a guest blogger who is learning about autism and the battles parents face with children of autism. I confess to not having a child with autism and not knowing someone personally outside of the online world who has autism or an autistic child. I am a homeschool parent and have a natural curiosity and desire to know more.
Having said such, I am tentatively approaching a subject today on which I hope you all will kindly teach me.
My mother has been diagnosed with malignant melonoma cancer. It has overtaken her insides, and she has been told it is only a matter of months before she loses the battle. This got me to thinking, in a round-about way, of how autistic children deal with losing a loved one, or even a pet for that matter.
Can you enlighten me? Is it harder or easier or no difference in the way an autistic child reacts to death? Do they realize the finality of the situation? (That may be seem unfair, after all, I realize that some children have a deeper degree of autism than others. But, please understand, this is a learning experience for me.) How do you tell an autistic child about the loss of a loved one or pet? What can you tell me to help me understand your world better as an autistic parent in this sort of situation?
Thank you for your time and patience.