My almost-4-year-old, Princess Mimi, has begun using the word "dead" or "die". I am not sure where she picked it up but none the less, I now have to explain it to her.
Being she is still young, I first explained, "When you die, you go to Heaven."
Then she asked, "But how do you die?" I further said, "When your battery goes out you die."
To which she replied, "Is my heart my battery?" Pretty smart for a toddler!
Someone suggested that I explain that when you die, you no longer hear or see or feel things so that she doesn't herself want to die or think death is a good thing.
How have you explained dying to your child?