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Death is a taboo subject for most of us, especially when children are involved. However, at some time or other, all those who care for children will be faced with questions about dying.

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It’s never easy talking about death and dying when you feel you don’t have the answers. But trying is far better than ignoring the question – you are letting the child know that it is okay to ask.

A Funeral Museum in Vienna’s famous central cemetery (Bestattungsmuseum), is helping parents and children talk about this difficult subject by introducing LEGO kits based on somber funeral scenes. The cemetery, which is one of the largest in the world with over 330,000 graves and tombs spread over 590 acres, houses the graves of many famous names such as Beethoven and Strauss.

Museum spokesperson, Dr. Florian Keusch said, “We established our first LEGO product in 2016, a historical tram, which brought dead bodies to the cemetery between the first and second world wars. “We started to get more questions from grieving customers like: “Can I take our children with us to the funeral of our grandfather?” or “My child is grieving, what can I do?” and so on.” Dr. Keusch explained. “So in 2018, we developed the crematoria, the cemetery with an excavator, the mourning family with a female and a male dead body and a skeleton and a historical horse buggy to help families start a conversation about death and support children to overcome their grief.

The products are made entirely of LEGO components and are not an official LEGO product. For more information about these products click here.

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