Sad story sabastious, my memories are not so profound but when you think back it did indeed give us some strange ideas to grow up with.
When I was a young boy I fully accepted that I would go to prison when I was eighteen. Britain had National Service at the time and the young men all refused . Imprisonment and a record was a right of passage for young male J W's
I accepted also that my father was going to die "soon" at Armageddon because he was not a Witness. I was quite calm about that, it was just a fact that I lived with every day - that we were going to live forever in Paradise but Dad would be dead unless he changed his religion. Now I wonder, why did that not upset me and cause me to urge him to come to K H? Perhaps I was too preoccupied with looking forward to having a pet lion in the New World..
Of course you knew that all your schoolmates and teachers were going to die a horrible death "soon" as well. That is why you did not become too friendly (just enough to sociable, no more) But we were going to be all right. Jehovah would protect us provided we kept up our worship. Armageddon and what it would be like, and how we would survive it, were major things to think about, plus of course the expected persecution that we would face before it. When the Government was expected to turn on us and throw us in prison - How strong would we prove to be ?
All in all , it is a wonder that I grew up to be laid back person that I am today !