She gets to explain a) that he died, b) that he isn't dead now, c) that he's stuck in a bloody weird space station with no way back where he came from, and d) what a space station is and how life there works. I think I might have some fun with the last point.
*points out really, really huge room* "Stuff shows up here. And people. You did. What? Oh, all kinds of stuff. Ships. Paperclips. We get semi-regular deluges of left socks. The cotton ones provide a good chunk of the biomass in our system."