Should I tell the children when our pet passes away

This Child’s Insight on Pets Passing Away Has Blown Us Away

A few weeks ago, we published a post on pets passing away and how difficult it sometimes is to explain to our little ones that their pet is no more.
This week, we came across this article which not only echoed our earlier discussion but also showed maybe the most insightful and honest comment made by a child on the subject. Simply speaking, it brought tears to our eyes so we decided to share this with you today.

This is the story of Ron and Lisa, their little boy Shane and their much loved Irish Wolfhound named Belker. At the age of 10 and to the family’s dismay, Belker got diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Following Belker’s diagnosis and faced with the vet’s recommendations that nothing could be done to save him, a decision was made by the family to avoid unnecessary suffering for him and Belker was sadly put down.

Ron and his wife also decided that their son be there for the procedure, as they felt he would probably learn a lot from the experience. Shane said his goodbyes to Belker in an incredible calm and composed manner, which surprised both his parents.

Once they came back home, they discussed this sad fact of life that pets unfortunately have a much shorter lifespan than us.

What Shane then said took Ron and his wife by surprise (and us along the way):
“I know why. . . People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life, like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right? Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

There is a French idiom that states “la vérité sort toujours de la bouche des enfants”, which literally means that the truth always comes out of the children’s mouth.

Shane just added a whole a new level to that saying.

Read the full article here.

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