Our 7 year old niece was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in January and passed away tonight I have no idea what to tell Emme. They weren't close, but we did go visit them and Emme knew she was "sick." How do you explain another child's death to a 4 year old? I can't even think about it without crying, I'm afraid I'll scare Emme if she sees me fall apart. I should have planned for this.... I think I was in denial.