I remember the first time I watched Littlefoot’s mother die.
To give you an idea of how old I was: I remember thinking “So she’s going to take a nap and let Littlefoot go to the Great Valley?” and then hearing my brother whisper, “She’s dead… Right?”
One of the most frustrating moments of my first year as a teacher was being stuck in the middle of a very stressful argument about whether the 5 year olds could sing that a character was dead. It was the main teacher’s opinion that we could not because it sparked a lot of weird conversations within the classroom. Being a musician, I didn’t want to change the traditional song because it didn’t make any sense in context. In the end, it boils down to how willing are you to talk about death with the children and the teacher didn’t want to have to deal with it. Movies like “The Land Before Time” can be the opener on what happens when death comes and coping with it. This may be a bit much for children in the minds of most but it is important to talk about death, especially since it is a fact of life.
“Death does not discriminate between the sinners and the saints. It takes and it takes and it takes and we keep on living anyway.” ~Aaron Burr