These two children’s books may be helpful to you if you are looking to teach a young one about death. The Memory Tree is about an old fox who lays down in the forest for the last time, and his friends share their memories of him. The memories grow into a tree, which remains a part of the forest and the animals’ lives, showing that the memories of Fox are still relevant and comforting to those living. This could be a great way to teach your children about the Ancestors and their continued presence in our lives.
Chester Raccoon (of Kissing Hand fame) has to come to terms with the death of his friend, Skiddil Squirrel, who has had an accident. Chester’s mother leads him through understanding Skiddil’s death, and they visit the pond together to “make a memory” of Skiddil. By visiting a place that Skiddil liked, and sharing stories of him, Chester learns to remember his friend. He even chooses to have an acorn symbolize those memories, perhaps helpful for teaching children about why we have Ancestor shrines and treasured possessions belonging to those we love who have passed on.