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KurdishSenpai wrote:
I feel like a 3 year old understands death better than most of us.
Yes and no.
Atleast they know a more basic thing, "good" or "bad" in a more simplistic way as later on many just doing all kinds of criterias for why shall it or not (some going sexaul/relationship, others being for family, future something bombers maybe had to deal with the future of their family threatend by some party wanting them to "help" them maybe something similar what they did in france? (atleast the help part)

As young keeping 1:1 while later on it maybe becoming 1:10 or 10:1 (helping or hurting)
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XD ^^^^^^^^^^^^ this, this is the only time it would make sense, maybe a three year old would understand it better
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I would wait until bedtime, and tell my child in a nice, sweet voice these exact words. "Death is just going to sleep and never waking up. Goodnight!" then walk out really fast.
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Seacactus wrote:

I would wait until bedtime, and tell my child in a nice, sweet voice these exact words. "Death is just going to sleep and never waking up. Goodnight!" then walk out really fast.


That might make the child not want to sleep.
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Seacactus wrote:
"Death is just going to sleep and never waking up. Goodnight!" then walk out really fast.
bravo.. comparing death with sleep... not so great...
In a teenage period this could hit hard, and when exploring... different things -__-

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Why sugar-coat a basic and inevitable part of life?
I would just straight up tell the child about how/why their family members died; explain what death is, and that it is not something to fear.
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I would explain it with simple words, what a 3 years old would understand.
I wouldn't be direct but I wouldn't lie neither.
It's not easy to explain this to a child, especially if a family member died...
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wavves wrote:
Why sugar-coat a basic and inevitable part of life?
I would just straight up tell the child about how/why their family members died; explain what death is, and that it is not something to fear.
... maybe not something one should fear, but seeing death overall as nothing, or something in every aspect to be considerd as a part of life... just no.. no.. as there is so mcuh that could happend and if they are not going to react to that.. just wonder how this soul would be?
and what they might do.

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I wouldn't be direct but I wouldn't lie neither.
yeah something like that.

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We are Catholic so this might not apply to everyone. We told my young cousins that we would no longer see them here on earth but we would one day be reunited in heaven. My cousins saw my uncles body and everything because we considered it best that they know what was happening.

We also venerate all of our dead every November when we offer food and drink to them.
It's a good way to remind the kids that the dead are still present in our lives.



I think this is probably the best approach, if your family is religious.
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"They ran away"
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My grandfather died when I was 3 yrs. I have a few pictures, but I really do not remember him or much from that time. It depends on the relation to the child I think.
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wavves wrote:

Why sugar-coat a basic and inevitable part of life?
I would just straight up tell the child about how/why their family members died; explain what death is, and that it is not something to fear.


Brutally honest but necessary.
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Urboistar wrote:

"They ran away"


You would not?
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Urboistar wrote:

"They ran away"


You would not?


I would not what? Tell the kid that? Sure I would.
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Urboistar wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:


Urboistar wrote:

"They ran away"


You would not?


I would not what? Tell the kid that? Sure I would.


Oh wow! You'll really tell a three year old that!
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