A few nights ago, 5 year old DS started talking about how he misses his pop and old dog (both passed away about 2 years ago) and that he was sad that his fish had died too. For the first time, he started crying and asking all sorts of questions about death, like why did they have to die, why can't he see them anymore, what happens when you die, and asked if he was going to die too. It seems that the permanency of death has finally hit him, and he was so distressed. I was unprepared for this and didn't quite know what to say to comfort him or explain it to him, but tried to the best that I could. He's very close with his grandma's dog, who is unfortunately quite old and won't be around for too much longer. I know that his death will affect DS a lot, so I'd like to be more prepared for when that time comes.
What do you say when your child starts asking questions about death?