Warning: this is a boring "family journal" type post
Addi is full of questions and one that has been bothering her lately is how all of those people (dead, to be specific) get under the ground!
There are a lot of cemeteries near us and they are packed! I'm not kidding I swear some people have been buried standing up. We drive past them all the time and Addi wants to know what they're all about.
I decided long ago that when she asked me a question I was just going to tell her the truth so, that's what she gets.
I usually make it a humane death where the person is sick or someone who didn't put on their seat belt. Then I just tell her the whole thing; when someone dies their spirit leaves and we take the body to the mortuary where they are cleaned, dressed and put in a bed with a lid, then they take the body to the church where everyone says how much they loved the person and miss them but that they know they'll see them again. Then the strong guys carry the bed with a lid (closed now) to the hole that another strong guy dug and with a fancy machine they lower the casket gently, gently, gently (this is her favorite part) in the ground then they fill the hole back up with dirt and they put a stone on the top with they're name on it so we can find them later.
She doesn't seem freaked out and that was my goal, not to make death and cemeteries something scary.