This is the famous story as told by Jesus in parable. It tells of the son who squander his inheritance and the goes groveling back to his daddy. Yes I get it, it is a typical trope used often by bible authors and characters and preachers.
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. Luke 15:11-32https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+15%3A11-32&version=NIV
But what is interesting in this story is the language i.e the metaphor that the father uses of the son once being "dead" and then "alive" again.
The story ends at 32 with the The Father repeating the saying to a disgruntled brother of the "dead" son. 32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.
In any language we understand that one cannot be dead and then alive again except when Jesus, or a biblical author says so and a Christian takes it literally.
But notice, there is no mention here of anyone asking Jesus for instance, how did the boy die? Who brought him back to life? No one questioned or contradicted Jesus saying that ' one cannot die and come back to life ' either. And the reason for this is because those who had ears understood perfectly what Jesus meant.
This wild child obviously hadn't died and wasn't brought back to life again either, but we have to acknowledge that the Father referred to him as being "dead" but what he meant here was that the son had been a very naughty boy but had acknowledged his mistakes and returned to the fold of his father "alive" again.
21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+15%3A11-32&version=KJV
How had this boy sinned against heaven?
There is no explanation as to why this son should believe he had sinned against "heaven" or should be described by Jesus as being "dead" for doing so.
What was different about this "death" than say the alleged "deaths" of Jairus' daughter or Widow's son?