On New Years Eve my family lost one of our beloved pups, Buddy. Andrew and I brought Buddy and his brother Ralph home and into our family when we were newly weds nearly 9 years ago. These two pups were our first babes and over the years they have had many adventures together. We had no idea that Buddy was suffering from cancer until he was dying from it. It was a heartbreak to say good bye.
Evie, our oldest, understood what was happening and felt the loss as we did. Oliver, our 3 1/2 year old, didn't react with loss as he is a bit young to understand it. Though on Sunday he asked when Buddy was coming home, I realized he didn't understand the concept of saying good bye, to never see our pup again. I used this experience to talk to our children about finding happiness in our memories and keeping the love that is in our hearts going. We have been talking quite a bit about death and the idea of heaven. I am thankful for our time with Buddy and the gift of allowing Ralph to have more family love as we focus on just one dog but there are days we all still miss him.
Have you dealt with the loss of a pet with children? How did you talk to your kids?