How do you explain death to a three-year-old? I have a feeling I’ll be doing that very soon, and I don’t even know where to start.

Pray. And think of my family.


4 thoughts on “How?

  1. I think you explain it as simply and as honestly as possible. Children are smarter and stronger than they appear. And they follow your lead. My best friend is so weird about death because everyone shielded it from her when she was young. My family? Well, my cousin’s six year old son consoled her when her mother (my aunt) died. He told her, “I know you’re sad mom but this is how it works, first grandma dies, then you die, then I die. Its the circle of life.” And then he hugged her. All you can do is cry-laugh. Damn that Lion King.

    Hugs to you. xo

    1. I know all that. I get the factual part. It’s the emotional fallout I’m not ready to face. This is his PopPop who picks him up from daycare, and who he’s used to seeing whenever he goes to Granny’s, and who does the exaggerated “muahhhhhhh” when they give goodbye hugs and kisses.

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