Today, I'm thinking about Lily. She's in that stage where she is confronting the fact of death. Her questions to me lately center around movies and TV shows being real: "Is that man really dead?"
How am I supposed to answer this "correctly"? It's definitely a struggle when a little kid has to learn that things don't last forever -- People can die at the drop of a hat. Her aunt (my sister-in-law) died suddenly back in September, and Lily didn't understand it. She wasn't very close to her aunt. However, when we had to put our dog to sleep in November, she cried for days.
That to me is the hardest. We don't know what is going to happen from one minute to the next, so it's difficult to "teach" a kid about death.
Maybe I should make her read this story: Coyote and the Origins of Death.
What do you think? Any advice? Tell me in the comments.