Explaining Death to Youngsters
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|Mon, 02-28-2011 - 11:37am|
This weekend I realized that I have missed a major milestone in the parent/child relationship. Explaining the concept of death to my child. There are countless articles on this online and I've always imagined this to be a form of "the talk" after the death of a pet or family member, but while going through a storage unit at my in-laws and later while playing, I found myself (1) tellign DS a bug or other creepy crawler was dead or (2) feigning death when "Buzz Lightyear" was blasting away "Zurg." DS seemed to have no hesitation and a complete grasp of the concept amazingly without my ever having to have "the talk." Especially in the bug situation, he seemed perfectly aware that by them being dead, it was a lifeless shell that would not be coming back or moving. I always thought I would have to put a ribbon and bow about death with a cheery story of an afterlife, but I guess I am fortunate that DS just "gets it."
What are your experiences on explaining death to young kids? Did you have to have "the talk" or did your kids just "get it?"