Okay, this might seem like a totally gruesome topic, especially in light of Spring! :) However, it is something I've thought of for a while now.
How do you talk to your children (especially young ones) about death?
The other day I was listening to my husband play a game on the computer with my daughter on his lap. He was playing a timed version of Bejewled. She likes to watch the gems blow up. :) In any case, time was running out and he said, "I'm going to die." Hmmmm... that gave me pause. Does she know what that means?
Easter just came and went. We talked a lot about how Jesus died, but then was resurrected. Hmmmm.... is she going to think that if a loved one dies they will come back to life right away?
We smash a bug and snuff out its life and say, "the bug is dead." Hmmmm... does she really know what death is, or should she even?
We watch Bambi and they talk about his mother being dead. Hmmmm... do cartoons give a weird view of death?
We see a wilted flower on the kitchen table and I tell her the flower is dead. Hmmmm... what does she REALLY know about that?
Mostly I just wonder... do you even "talk" to your kids about death? Or do you just kind of let them pick up the nuances on their own? What do you say? In your experience what types of questions have come up? How do you deal with this? How do you talk to your child about the death of a loved one? About the death of a pet?