What useful metaphors do you know for death?
It's topic we often prefer to avoid, but avoiding the topic doesn't make it any less real.
Whether loved ones die when they are young or old, it's often too soon for those who loved them.
Consider this analogy and then contribute your own. Be sensitive to the fact that other readers may have recently lost farewelled someone they love.
Many people believe that when someone dies only the body dies. It is just as if a glass bottle full of water broke, and the bottle became useless. The container is gone, but what's inside — the water — remains. The part of a person that's left after the body dies is often called the "soul" or "spirit." Some people believe the soul is the part of a human that loves, feels, and creates; it's the part that make us who we are. kidshealth.org
This is not a philosophical conversation, but a practical one that may be of immediate benefit to those who mourn. Remember too that readers come from varying backgrounds and faiths. What common ground can we find?