Kristen Bell 'controversially' explained concept of death to her daughter

Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell has opened up on how she and husband Dax Shepard explained death to their six-year-old daughter Lincoln.

The couple has spoken in the past about not wanting to lie to their kids, which proved problematic when their eldest daughter asked them, "Am I gonna die?"

"The air got sucked out of the room and we were like, 'This is it. What do we do?!' There are so many roads. Like, do we make up a story? Do we say we don't know? Do we say we know and then actually not know?" Kristen, who is also mother to five-year-old daughter Delta, told U.S. late night host Seth Meyers. "We just said, 'Yes, you're gonna die.' And she went, 'Ugh...' And then we said, 'And we really don't know what happens when you die. You may just become flowers.' She went... 'O.K.' And we were so relieved because we did make a commitment never to lie to them. And it's controversial because they asked about Santa Claus, and I was like, 'I'm not gonna lie to you.'"

However, Kristen admitted the no-nonsense approach has left her daughters with a "very practical sense about the world" - with Lincoln even offering to help bury her grandfather when he died.

"She said, 'Do I need to bring my shovel because I have a garden set.' And I said, 'Why would you pack your shovel, honey?'" the star recalled. "She goes, 'Well, I want to help bury him. Where do we do it? The side of the house or...' Like so practical, like, wanted to help.

"Then I had to explain to her we don't bury him on the side of the house!"

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