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How can I explain what death is to an 8 year old child?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Simple is best

The 8yo's past experience with pets or bugs gives them a basic understanding of the physical reality of death.
Since their thinking processes won't begin to embrace advanced thinking until well into the teens, you need to stay with simple. Instead of trying to provide an elaborate discussion of heaven or eternal love, provide an open invitation to ask questions. Kids will come back again & again.

In brief: Simple is best

The 8yo's past experience with pets or bugs gives them a basic understanding of the physical reality of death.
Since their thinking processes won't begin to embrace advanced thinking until well into the teens, you need to stay with simple. Instead of trying to provide an elaborate discussion of heaven or eternal love, provide an open invitation to ask questions. Kids will come back again & again.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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