(Scene: The Boy’s bedroom as I’m tucking him into the Big Boy Bed.)
The Boy: Mommy, your mommy died?
Me: Yes, honey. My mommy died.
The Boy: Why?
Me: Why what?
The Boy: Why she died?
Me: Well, sometimes, a person can get really sick and their body just gets tired and stops working. So they die.
The Boy: Like the dinosaur on TV?
Me: (referencing an episode of Walking with Dinosaurs) Yes, like that dinosaur that got really tired and fell down and died. He was very sick.
The Boy: And then other dinosaurs eat him.
Me: Well, yes. But I promise no dinosaurs will try to eat you.
The Boy: And like the dinosaur on Dinosaur Train.
Me: (struggling to remember the episode he is referencing) But none of the dinosaurs on Dinosaur Train died, honey.
The Boy: No! They found his bones!
Me: Oh, yes, when Buddy and Don and Tiny found the fossil. Yes, that dinosaur died, too.
The Boy: And when you die, your bones come out?
Me: Well, there is something called decomposition, but that takes a long, long time, and your bones are the last to go away.
The Boy: Oh. (pause) Mommy?
The Boy: Why your mommy died?