Explaining death to baby atheists
April 3, 2012 8:50 AM Subscribe
Atheist families: how have you talked about death with your small children?
posted by xo to Human Relations (29 answers total) 44 users marked this as a favorite
My child is young, so I'm only just starting to hear questions like, "So, where's your grandma?" For now I've said, "She's not around anymore, but her name was _______."
I'm not sure if I should introduce a mystical idea (up in the stars, the energy of the universe, etc) and gently remove it later, or if I should just stick to the facts. If so, then which facts? I'm not sure how to explain discarding a no-longer-working human body.
For what it's worth, we haven't used any magical/mystical ideas in our household as yet: no Santa or fairies or leprechauns. My child is aware of monsters, ghosts and leprechauns as creatures that are book characters but not real. At this point, he doesn't even know that other people might believe in these things as real.