Last week was a tough one for my family, as we lost my mother in law.  After being diagnosed on July 30th, she passed away from pancreatic cancer.  Telling our kids that Nana had passed away was the single hardest thing I have ever faced.  They were inconsolable.

They were too young to attend the wake and funeral, but my wife and I thought that the needed to have some symbolic form of closure.  We had each of them write Nana a letter.  We attached the letters to helium balloons, and the kids let send them up to Nana in Heaven.  It was a beautiful moment....very touching and therapeutic.  The kids enjoyed it so much that we have decided to do it again, as needed, in the future.

I'd recommend it to any family with little kids dealing with the loss of a loved one.