Join Date: Jul 2003
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My gma died earlier this year, and I took dd to the funeral. She turned 4 a couple weeks later. We, also, are not Christian.
What I did is focus on the "circle of life" angle. To my advantage, dd has seen both the Lion King and the Land Before Time in which they introduce this comforting concept. The circle of life is that all things are born, live a life, and then die...and more things are born....and it is perfectly natural. It is sad, but not something to fear.
Like pp, I have focused on *old* people dying (my gma was 90), but dd has asked about young people/children dying. I was truthful--yes, this can happen. But then said that "normally" people live long lives. And that is why we do a lot of things that we do: wear seatbelts, eat healthy foods, go to the doctor, etc....to assure that we will live long, healthy lives.
I am very sorry for your loss.