My seven year old son has recently been having trouble getting to sleep at night. He gets very upset because of a recurring thought. He keeps asking me about when he dies and is put in a coffin and it is nailed down, what happens if he is not really dead and still breathing?
I assume the root of this is in some kind of anxiety, but am very concerned about how I support him through this.
You are correct in thinking that this is a form of anxiety. It will likely be only temporary, but may persist. If it does not relent after a month or so, arrange for him to be evaluated by a pediatric mental heath clinician. At bedtime you may also utilize a relaxation meditation. An example would be one of Ben Perry's guided imagery downloads, which you can find on Amazon.com or iTunes.
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