Yesterday, I blogged about talking to your toddler about the loss of a pet. I figured I would just post a quick results blurb.
When we left with Chloe we had Haley give her a kiss, but not say good-bye. She asked where we were going with her and I said “the vet.” She asked if we were taking her to the doctor’s and I told her that the vet was very different from the doctor’s office. And with that, we left.
When we got home she asked where Chloe was and then it was game time. I hadn’t quite decided what I was actually going to say, even though I had an idea. At the last second, because I was on the spot and didn’t have time to collect my thoughts, just replied, quietly and calmly,
“Well, Haley hun, Chloe died.”
“Chloe died?? Last night?”
“No, sweetie. Today. That means she’s not coming back anymore. Mommy is sad about it and if you are too, that’s okay.”
And with that, she went back to watching Mickey mouse Clubhouse without incident. I DID accidentally make her chain collar make noise when I removed it from my purse (my husband asked me to being it home for him) and she said “I THINK CHLOE’S BACK!!” So I had to, again, remind her that Chloe isn’t coming back.
I’m expecting more “where’s Chloe?’ questions, but I knew that was coming.
Anyway, that’s the end of my pet loss explanation experience, I really hope this helps someone during their tough time.
Rest in peace, Chloe.