That’s what Maura asked me tonight. Grandpa’s funeral was a week ago, and she hasn’t talked about it, so I was caught a little off guard by her question. At the funeral home last weekend, she was surprisingly well-behaved and asked repeatedly if we could go up and approach the coffin. Grandpa looked so peaceful, like he was asleep. She smiled when she looked at him. I explained the situation to her, but honestly figured that being only 2 years old, she wouldn’t grasp the concept of death.
Tonight I talked to her about it some more, and just purchased the book What is Heaven Like? about a little boy and girl who also lost their grandfather. Hopefully this will help the girls understand and address some of their questions. Helping Children Understand Death from the National Network for Child Care is also a good resource.
My grandpa was a great man. I’m going to try my best to keep his memory alive. This is his obituary, printed in the Austin American Statesman last week: