In the past few weeks, the NFO and I were privy to some sad news from friends.
One has breast cancer.
Another is getting divorced.
The challenge facing us (since our kids would eventually hear about them) was: how to explain these situations.
It wasn't easy, but I think we did an admirable job. Our kids were involved and asked questions.
I don't know if they will "put it all together" when they find out the actual situations or not, but I think the lesson for us (again) was: don't shy away from the tough conversations; better to have them upfront.
I would imagine that this is just one of may more.