a guest post from Lori Orlinsky
Thank you, Lori, for sharing your thoughts on how we might respond when our little ones are in pain.
When we lost our cat, Tiger, our daughters were five and two. They didn’t understand what was happening. All they knew is that Tiger went to the vet because she was sick and wouldn’t be coming home. As a parent, I always have something to say to my kids. But in this instance, I found myself at a complete loss for words. I think that’s OK. As parents, sometimes the best thing we can do is listen, validate their feelings, and try to help them make sense of the situation. Even if we don’t have the answers, we should encourage our children to talk about their feelings and ask questions. We can also reassure our children that they provided a loving home for their pet, and that their pets will live on forever in their hearts. And our children will live on forever in our pets’ hearts, too.
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Lori Orlinsky is a multi-award-winning children’s book author who lives in Chicago. She was inspired to tell this story after her family experienced the loss of their beloved eighteen-year-old cat, Tiger. Unable to find books about pet loss to help her young kids cope with their grief, Lori wrote Balloons for Tiger. She hopes this book will help others, too.
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