Yesterday one of our furry friends died. Her name was Mimi, a beautiful guinea pig. Mimi moved in with us when she was one month old and Bella was 6 months old. For the last couple of years, Bella loved caring for Mimi and would often pick her up and pet her. Bella was not home when Mimi died in her sleep in her little house.
We had talked to Bella about the fact that Mimi was getting older and slower. When it happened, we chose to be honest with Bella and told her that Mimi had gone to heaven. She was sad, but still was hoping that maybe Mimi just had escaped.
We buried Mimi in our garden and let Bella be part of that event. The mourning of a pet is perhaps the first experience with death for a child. We don’t believe in telling our children a false story about the pet’s moving, etc. Instead, we choose to talk about it and try to remember the fun times, and we cry when we need to. So how is Bella taking the loss? She doing ok but still don’t want to talk about it but she will tell me things she used to do with Mimi sometimes so I know she is thinking about it.