Trin's passing is the first personal experience with death for my almost 4 year old. She is uber perceptive and inquisitive and questions everything. I usually have answers for her, and if I brush over something she will get frustrated and say "No, explain it to me!" Her questions regarding Trin's death, and her whereabouts now, are kind of awesome. They are the perfect illustration of the innocence of a child and have made me smile on days when I wanted to be sad.
Is Heaven a building?
How do you get there?
Does she have to stay there forever?
Can we send her a card in the mail?
Is it hot in Heaven today?
When you die you go see God and Judy and God makes you alive again. (This is knowledge from friends at school.)
How is God magic?
Is she sad there without us?
But where is Heaven?
Does it ever rain there?
Do you think Trin misses us?
What if one day Trinny comes back from Heaven to our house and knocks on our door? What would we say?
Can we take a picture on your phone of us and send it to her?
How does God make her not sick anymore?
Is God a boy or a girl?
She has her moments when she gets sad and says she doesn't want Trin to stay in Heaven forever. When we pull in the driveway after daycare, my 2 year old son automatically says "Trinny, we're home!" and she informs him somberly, "Elliott, Trinny is in Heaven."
Trinity Kathleen, you were a good cat, the best cat. You will be missed.
Say hi to God and Judy for me, and soak up those sunbeams.