The only certain thing in life is death. People from all wakes of life around the world deal with the death of a loved one in a manner dictated by culture and tradition.
Children like to play and toys are often used. Throughout history, toys were used in accordance with the cultural and contextual aspects of life. They were, and still are, tools that help children interact with the world and learn to live in society as they grow up.
Every living creature has to confront the most natural and dreaded part of its existence, death. Animals do not have the same capacity as humans to dwell on this topic, thus humans stand out in this regard, so much so that at times it may consume our entire being.