5 YO still grieving loss of pet after 6 months
My DS (5) got a hamster that lived for only 5 months. He liked the hamster, and played with it a 10 or 15 minutes once a day about 4 to 5 days a week. I didn't think he was all that attached. There were days we were so busy, he didn't even mention the hamster.
So the hamster died after just 5 months. It's now been 6 months since this hamster died, and DS is still having at least 1 to 2 crying spells a week over the hamster's death. He sings him songs asking for him to come back, cries that he will never see him again, he is very depressed and inconsolable during these times.
He asked for another hamster the same color and wanted to give it the same name. I didn't think that was healthy, so about 2 months ago, we did get another - although she has a different name and color. He likes her, but still cries over the first hamster.
Is this an unusual amount of grief? It's been 6 months. He doesn't seem to be processing this well and getting over it.