Friday, November 15, 2013

How do you explain death to a 3 year old?

Recently, Hannah has been asking about a few pictures I have of my mom. I told her it is her Nana. She of course wanted to know if she could talk to her. I then explained that Nana had passed away many years ago, and she wouldn't be able to see her or talk to her. I am not sure she really understands because one day she told me that her Nana died, but she will be alive again soon. She also told me that her Nana died because she didn't visit enough. That one broke my heart. I have told her that she can visit the memorial for my mom that my dad created. She was cremated and he has set up a nice little area in his house with the urn. Hannah liked that idea so if we make it back to KC for Christmas, I will show her the urn. For now I guess I will keep answering her questions the best I can.


  1. It is so hard, my sister is going through this right now with my niece and nephew. It's hard to explain something like this. Hugs!

  2. Such a tough thing for little minds to understand. And, tough to have to explain. :(
    I'm not sure how religious you are, but maybe explain to Hannah that her Nana went to stay with Jesus and God. That there was a special placed saved *just* for Nana. And, one day (far, far, far off) Hannah will have the chance to meet up with her Nana. And, when that day comes, the two of them can spend as much time together as they want. But, until then, maybe just tell her stories and good memories of her Nana.

  3. I've had a difficult time explaining it to my three year old. She doesn't "get it" at all.


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