My pet parakeet died suddenly today. He was sick for a few hours, and passed away comfortably in my room. My kids are 5 and 3, so when I told them that he died, they were like "Aww. Poor Lemon" (his name).
So I decided that after dinner, we would have a pet funeral for our little friend. HUGE mistake. I dug the hole, let the kids pet him one last time, we said a little prayer (more like a "thank you" for the time we had with him), and then I laid him in the "grave". That's when the s**t hit the fan.... both of them suddenly realized what it meant for the bird to be dead, and they started bawling. My son cried for a while, and I felt like an idiot for having the pet funeral. I thought it'd be easier than just telling the kids that it died, and then him just disappearing....and certainly better than the ceremonial flush that my first pet got at the hands of my stepdad. I felt so bad that I cried with my son. This was not a shining moment in parenting for me...
Do you think I did the right thing? How did you help your kids let go of a pet?
Answer by shivasgirl at 3:28 AM on Apr. 14, 2011
Answer by sweetangie79 at 3:46 AM on Apr. 14, 2011
Answer by vicesix at 5:15 AM on Apr. 14, 2011
Answer by MooNFaeRie30 at 5:47 AM on Apr. 14, 2011
Answer by Dr.Donna at 6:36 AM on Apr. 14, 2011
Answer by charlotsomtimes at 7:45 AM on Apr. 14, 2011
Answer by elizabr at 8:00 AM on Apr. 14, 2011
Answer by BaileysMom476 at 5:02 PM on Apr. 14, 2011
Answer by Austinsmom35 at 3:26 PM on Apr. 15, 2011
Answer by poshkat at 10:08 PM on Apr. 15, 2011
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