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Sesame Street Clip on DeathIt’s hard enough for adults to come to terms with the senseless violence that took place in Connecticut on Friday.

So what must it be like for those poor children who, despite their parents’ best efforts, have somehow managed to catch wind of what transpired?

How does one explain this act of violence to a child? For those that are very young, how do you ever go about explaining death?

That’s why this old clip from Sesame Street has gone viral in the wake of a gunman’s rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown that claimed the lives of 27 people.

In the video below, Big Bird finds out about eh death of his old friend, Mr. Hooper, and the adults then have to attempt to explain what happens to people when they die.

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“Big Bird when people die they don’t come back,” they explain.

“Ever?” he replies, “But he’s got to come back. Who’s going to take care of the store? And who’s going to make my birdseed milkshakes?”

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The grown-ups take turns reassuring Big Bird and end up on a high note, reminding him that they were lucky to have even had Mr. Hooper in their lives to begin with.

“It’ll never be the same around here without him, but you know something, we can all be very happy that we had a chance to be with him and to know him and to love him a lot when he was here,” they say.

Check it out below, and also be sure to check out SNL’s touching tribute to the victims here.

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