Friday, August 2, 2013

Reflections On Kylie

To my son Tommy,

On this vacation yesterday, your cousin Emma lost her pet hamster Kylie.  Kylie had a stroke or something and the vet had to put her down.  We are very sorry for Emma's loss and you gave her a nice big hug to help her grieve.

As an adult, I understand the circle of life.  I understand that pets come and go.  I understand that their passing is supposed to teach us about the circle and teach us how to grieve and somewhat (but never enough) prepare us for the loss of our other loved ones later in life.  But this knowledge and understanding doesn't make death suck any less.  Dealing with loss and grief is difficult and, unfortunately, just something we have to do.  To deal, you just give a big hug, maybe share a tear or two, and open your heart to those who grieve and those who have lost.  It doesn't matter the size of the loss, even if it is something small like a beloved pet hamster, because the hurt is very real and can only be gotten through with love.

Sincerely with love from your dad,

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