This, of course, is inevitable at some point but it is the first time that most of the children have experienced the loss of a pet.
The only one who has experienced it before is CJ.
Obviously they are all a little sad (although Little Man, Squidge and Bubba are too young to really understand), but I wasn't sure how Boo would react.
The fact that he struggles to express his emotions, and that he is such a sensitive soul, made me dread telling him this morning.
As predicted, he withdrew into himself and became very tearful.
After a little while he did start to talk about Hammy dying, about 'pet heaven' and that he felt sad.
This is a massive step forward for Boo, as getting him to open up and talk about his feelings is very hard to achieve.
|Hammy when we first got her.|
We are planning to bury Hammy when the children get home from school later on today, and one of my beautifully kind hearted friends has already offered to buy a new hamster for the children.
I am very tempted to take her up on her offer, but am a little reluctant to have pets if Boo is going to struggle to cope when we lose them.
I know it is part of life and that having pets is good for children and teaches them responsibility etc as they grow up, but I am not sure I can watch Boo struggle with his emotions when they eventually (and inevitably) die.
Is it better for him to have these experiences, or to avoid them?
What would you do?