My kids are familiar with The Chronicles of Narnia. That is their concept of death and we let them think the same of animals as of humans. (After all, I'm not sure it isn't so.) So, they have an understanding that when you die, you go to another world. Your life here is over and you don't come back from the other world. It isn't a trip, it is a permanent move. My 4 year old has grabbed hold of the idea of Saints taking care of animals and babies in the other world. Of course, this will only help understand the concept of death from a Christian perspective. I try to answer their questions as honestly as I can. (Will Snowbell come back? No. Will Saint Francis care for Snowbell? Perhaps.) When it is something I cannot answer, I let them know I don't know and ask them what they think about it.
at 11:03 AM on Feb. 14, 2011