Sunday, April 7, 2013

Big E: The Grim Reaper

Death has been a hot topic at our house as of late.

We live close to a cemetery and yesterday we were fortunate to drive by as they were preparing to lower a casket into the ground.

This generated a flurry of Big E questions.

I don't want to lie to him about death, but also don't want to scare him.  It's such a fine line to walk.

My response so far has been pretty neutral.

ALL LIVING THINGS DIE.

This pacified him initially, but then he began to process the statement.

ARE WE LIVING THINGS?

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU DIE?

ARE YOU GOING TO DIE MOM?

I told him I was, but not for a very, very long time.

WHEN YOU ARE A 100?

Sure, that sounded good to me.  He seemed ok with that.

But he brought it up again today and he seemed more upset about it.

Now I'm worried I messed Big E up by being honest.

I know there is a book about this, but I may have missed the boat.

Any suggestions on fielding questions on this sensitive subject?  Thanks, readers!


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