How and when do you explain death to a child?

Candice - posted on 07/14/2013 ( no moms have responded yet )

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My daughter is three and a half and the pet of a friend passed away a month ago, then a good friend of my husbands passed away last week and my daughter wanted to go to the funeral too (we said no) but told her daddy's friend had died and he was going to say goodbye to his friend for the last time. Then the morning of the funeral we got a call and my grandfather is in the hospital from a heart attack, how on earth do u explain to a child about death without scaring the crap out of them? I want her to be able to talk about it with us but saying over and over "Ty's dead, Ty's dead" ( the pets name) in front of the sad little girl that lost her dog is realy not good. Help!

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