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Post Reply How would you explain death to a three year old?
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Posted 3/26/16
First of I'm atheist. So i would describe it as nothingness just a black void devoid of thought love or life. You die from other people, age, sickness,and just nothing. you simply disappear you are gone no sight feeling nothing.
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I tried explaining death to my 3 yo cat and all it said was, "Don't care, shut up and bring me tuna"
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Posted 3/26/16
Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.... let's get pancakes
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Death is actually, very simple to a 3 year old. To a 3 year old, death is simply never seeing the other person again. To a 3 year old, ti's like not seeing the cashier again because the next time you visit a Wal-Mart, there will be someone different at the cashier.

It's harder to explain motives like why would someone murder someone.

Death becomes harder to deal with for grown-ups because grown-ups lose sight of the simplicity of death and start espousing all sorts of feelings towards death. Like, worrying about what happens after death.
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The simplest way is just to show them something smaller that they can see. A live goldfish in a pet store and a dead fish in a supermarket. Take a seed and explain that it'll grow into a plant, then that plant will die, and seeds will make more plants. Or I guess play the "Lion King" I suppose. Or "Land Before Time". Things to help them see and cope with information. Mother Nature as she is. Then again when I was 4 I was bothered by the idea the sun had only a few billion years before it turns into a red giant. But it is a third generation star so there is a sense of continuation there.
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Posted 3/27/16 , edited 3/27/16

bronzefoot wrote:

I tried explaining death to my 3 yo cat and all it said was, "Don't care, shut up and bring me tuna"


Oh wow.
Posted 3/27/16
Don't ask me please
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A very very very long sleep?

I don't know how I would for sure and hope I wouldn't have to do that to even my 4 year old god-daughter.
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Posted 3/27/16
i'm sure they're able to understand the concept of death at that age already.
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23 / F / Anime world...
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Posted 3/27/16
My solution is show them lion king. That should help?
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well my son is 3 honestly i dont think he'll understand in anyway i put it but he has ASD so any other 3 yr old could be different. idk
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Posted 3/27/16 , edited 3/27/16
I would wait for him to grow a little older and then try to explain everything as far as I know.
I would not try to persuade the child of something I don't know. Who are you to tell the kid that you are going to heaven after death, or that you are going to feel nothingness? Do you yourself know that there is hell or reincarnation or nothing after death? No, you don't so shut up and stop spreading stupid beliefs. You cannot explain what you don't know and if you are telling him that there is something or there is nothing after your finish then you are simply lying to the kid and yourself. Let him grow up and choose his own religion.

The simplest way to explain to a child what death is: A person just disconnects from the world and goes somewhere else. Where? We don't know.
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Posted 3/27/16 , edited 3/27/16

bronzefoot wrote: "Don't care, shut up and bring me tuna"
TUNA!!!
Noo.. TUNA DON'T LEAVE ME!

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Posted 3/27/16
I hope I never have to go through that again, it was heart breaking the first time
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Posted 3/27/16
It would be hard.. But I would like to add to the part that the deceased is heading to Paradise/Heaven.. But my concern is what she/he will say after that..

I mean the three year old will ask "Why didn't Daddy take me with him?" or "Why did God take my Dad away?"

That kind of complicated questions! >.<

I hate sad stories, I usually turned my emotions off.. Since I've been sad all my life and got sick of it. So I don't think I'm the best choice to explaining to 3 year old..
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