Last summer, when the girls were 4, we were on a big RV tour of the Northeast. As we traveled on the back roads, we passed many small cemeteries. The girls commented:
"No" I explained, "That's a cemetery."
Now I'm struggling to find the words that will make this as benign and un-scary as possible.
"After a person dies, their spirit leaves the body and goes up to heaven, where they see everyone they love and are very happy. They don't need their body any more, so the body is buried in the ground."
The girls were very accepting of this. So the next time we passed a cemetery, one of the girls says
"That's a cemetery, where they bury the body after a person dies."
At this point, I'm feeling very proud of how smoothly this little lesson went, until the next comment:
"Yeah, they bury the bodies, but NOT THE HEADS!"
So much for un-scary!