Talking About Death Wont Kill

All ages

Because we are surrounded by life, we are also surrounded by death. Adults tend to stop noticing the dead bird in the backyard, the fly on the windowsill, the opossum by the roadside. Take advantage of a child's ability to see and comment on these things by engaging the questions around it. How do you think it happened? Do you think she's feeling any pain now? What do you think will happen to the bird's body in a week, a year, ten years? Where will the molecules of the bird's body be a thousand years from now?

If a small pet dies, and if you have a yard, bury your pet (or spread its ashes) together. Plant it under a small fruit tree or flowering shrub, or plant flowers over it; your child will have the experience of the pet literally turning to something wonderful.

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