I am in a terrible situation. I have two children, one boy who is 10-years-old & one girl who is 6-years-old (she just turned six).
We had two pets, a Boxer puppy (male) and a female cat (had her for 7 years)
Back at the end of August 2008, we bought our Boxer puppy (my kid’s first dog). They loved that dog and played with it a lot. We all got very attached to that little pistol in a very short amount of time.
Well, I got married on November 22nd this year. That same day, our puppy got out of the gate and was hit by a car within 30 minutes
! It was the strangest thing, because we got married right up the street from our home, and had to hurry out the door to the wedding while our dog was still out. We were actually 30 minutes late to our own wedding, because we were looking for the dog! When we got back and began to look for him again, we found him dead
. He had been hit by a car and we were gone a total of 30 minutes from our home (and yes we actually had a real wedding that fast).
I read a lot of information on the net about how to help children cope with death. The majority of the information I read said to be honest, brief, and answer all questions. I did this with both children. My son actually told me that he wished I “hadn’t told him the truth”
. He said he would have rather believed that our dog ran away
. My daughter is having issues worrying about dying since then
. I’ve had to reassure her, comfort her, and tell her that that is not going to happen to her.
Well, guess what happens today? We find our cat (We’ve had her for 7 years) dead under the house
:. She likes to lie under there, and apparently it was a spontaneous death (possible cardiomyopathy, kidney failure, or blockage). Needless to say, I am just devastated
! The last time we saw her was December 22nd (weird, one month to the day we lost our dog
). She never stays gone more then a day from the house, so come Tuesday the 23rd, I still can’t find her. I had heard a screech during the night outside our window on the 22nd, but assumed it was just the cats messing around like they normally do (our neighborhood has many cats, and she made friends with them all. (We only had one cat, her. She was awesome). My husband just found her today, after I posted fliers 3 days ago and hadn’t heard a thing from anyone. She was a smart cat, and I knew she hadn’t been hit. I told him to check under the house beneath our room, and sure enough there she was (I’ve had a lot of cats, and they always stay near and hide when they die). I am very upset, because out of all the cats I’ve had she was THE MOST special
Now, I don’t know what to do. How am I going to explain this to my children?
I am worried to death about it, and just can’t imagine telling them their cat is dead too! It’s only been a month since we lost the dog, and my son is still mourning his loss and visiting his grave. I also feel it’s important to add that my kid’s father was in a terrible car accident in June of 2005. That accident left him in a semi-conscious state due to brain injury….so they lost their father three years ago too! I really need some advice, so please help me if you can
. Before you ask, yes they see a psychologist. He is actually the head of psychology at a major medical college. He is fantastic, but I need some immediate advice. It’s the holiday season, and they already overheard me talking about the cat missing. They are going to want to know…
I know this spill was long, and I appreciate you reading all of this. If you can offer some advice please do.