My daughter just weaned, at 3 yrs. 8 months. We were both pretty much ready, I think. This morning she asked for it again; I said, Are you sure? I thought you weaned! But you can have a little if you really do want it. And then when I got my breast out, she said she just wanted to cuddle it after all. -- But we have been having all these conversations about death recently; maudlin or profound, depending on your point of view. Last night she was saying, "Mummy, I don't want you to die. I will still love you even if you die. But you will die, and your elbows and your noonies too, and I don't want that to happen. And I know that everybody dies, even mums and dads and even kids. I am scared of dying because I don't know what it feels like and I don't want to be put in a grave, because I want to be able to see. And I am sad because when you die I will have no mum to take care of me ever again, and I will be all by myself". I tried to reassure her, but I have to admit, we were both crying. She has always been a very thoughtful child, and this isn't the first time she's talked about death. But she seems more preoccupied by it than before, and I'm wondering how strong a connection there is in her mind between death and weaning. It's a kind of death, after all. And inevitably sad, even if the time is right. Has anybody else encountered kids making this connection?