• Whatever you do don't say the dead person has gone to sleep for a long time. I did this and my 3 year old (at the time) was petrified of going to sleep for ages
  • I would tell my child that they have gone to live with God but they will always be in our hearts. More explanations, of course, will follow with that.
  • Kids have a difficult time understanding the concepts of time and permanence. I think you'd need to start simply by telling them that the departed is not here and they're not coming back. If you've ever had a friend or relative move far away, you can use that as an analogy. Based on your own belief system, you can say everyone will be together someday. While it's natural to want to break it in as gentle a way as possible so as to not cause pain, pain and mourning - even in a small child - go hand in hand with loss. It's natural and it's okay.
  • very gently, but truthfully, in a way that they will understand...death is a part of life. I do not believe that death is the end, so that's the way I explain it
  • death is a part of life where you golive in Heaven with God for the rest of eternity
  • If the child has ever had a broken toy, you could start with that: Remember how your toy got old and broke? Remember how we tried to fix it, but we couldn't? Well, people are like that too. When we get old, our bodies get broken inside. We try to fix them by calling the doctor, but sometimes it is too broken to fix. So we have to say goodbye. That is called dying. It is going away forever because the body couldn't be fixed. That is what happened to .... but people are a little bit different than toys...we believe that part of us goes to be with God when we die, and another part stays in our hearts, so we never forget the person. It's sad when someone dies, isn't it? It's okay to feel sad. But...was very sick and it hurt. It's better for them to go with God and not have any more pain, isn't it? Even though we feel sad here...
  • You start life when you come out of mummy's tummy. You finish life when you die. That is death, the end of what was once begun.
  • Carefully and with mindfulness, make sure they understand that it is inevitable, don't embelish or trivialise it - be honest how you feel about it and acknowledge how they feel about it, answer their concerns but but most of all, be truthful. They will understand.
  • I think the best way to talk to any children about death is through reading them stories. Here is a list of children's books about death and dying with age suggestions: I would read the book(s) with them talk about the book(s) and talk about how your situation is like the book(s). Just remember they may be too young for the entirety of the concept of death and dying to sink in so don't be frustrated if they don't seem interested. It is not necessarily your place to force them to understand, but instead just to be there for support and to answer any questions honestly.
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  • It's like life, without the breathing. Also, if you haven't been saved, our loving God will torture you for eternity. But I joke. Actually, I'd go to the Bible, and explain what it teaches us about death. Look at verses like Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10 and Psalm 146:4
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      Very good resources
  • Death is unnatural, it’s not part of God’s plan and it will be “swallowed up forever” and God will” wipe away the tears from all our faces” (Isaiah 25:8). Because death does not originate with God, it is hard to both understand and accept. There are examples of Jesus performing resurrections in the Bible in John chapter 11, Luke chapter 7 & Mark chapter 5. Two of the resurrected ones are children, 1 boy and 1 girl, my kids were very interested in these stories. I followed them up by explaining the meaning of Jesus’ words in the “our father” prayer “let thy kingdom come” (Mat 6). They learned how we will benefit from that Kingdom when it finally comes down to the earth. I hope this is helpful.
  • tell them the person went to heaven

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