One of our cats died over the weekend, and it was interesting the reaction of the kids.
AHM (3 1/2) was really melodramatic. “Sunshine is dead” spoken in a pseudo-emotional level. RAM (4 1/2) is more concerned about death and understanding that Sunshine is permanently gone. We buried him dead in the garden so there would be some permanence attached to death. We avoided euphemisms and talked frankly about Sunshine’s body is no longer working and he is not going to “wake up”.
RAM is doing pictures showing the car that hit Sunshine. Fortunately, no one saw it happen.