Grandpa dies. The rabbit suddenly stops moving. Someone is terminally ill. The subject of death is by no means one which only concerns adults. Children experience death too, and they also dare to ask seemingly simple questions:
Why do animals and people have to die? What’s it like to be dead? And what happens afterwards? Children are curious, they have lots of questions and answers of their own. .Their views on this subject, which is often laden with taboos, are usually uninhibited.
During ARD’s “Life With Death“ theme week in 2012, ARD encouraged primary school pupils and their teachers to discuss the subject of death and dying.
The three Knietzsche films can be a prelude to exploring the finite nature of things together, to exploring the cycle of life and of what remains after death. We want to show that reflecting on death is actually the same as asking about life – and that children don’t automatically have to become sad when we talk about death.