Re: dealing with death
it may not bother him because he may not understand fully, but i would suggest having someone on standby to take him out or home if he gets upset. Is it going to be an open casket or anything like that? If he won't actually see his grandpa at the funeral then just explain to him that everybody who loved grandpa will be there and will be talking about him and that some people will be crying because they loved grandpa and will miss him. If there is going to be an open casket than explain to him that grandpa's body is sleeping and won't wake up, grandpa is in heaven and is watching over him. Let him know it's ok to cry and be sad, it's ok to miss grandpa, tell him stories about what him and his grandfather did, show him pictures. I find honesty is the best policy when it comes to children and death, you know your sons limits and stick within those. Let him grieve in any way he needs to and at 3 it may not seem to bother him at all just because he doesn't really understand.