Some Things Have To Die In Order For Other Things To Live

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On a heavenly hike with my Boulder Lisa a few days ago, I downloaded what’s been going on with Everest lately regarding his sensitivity to loss and death. I was telling her about his sadness at seeing a neighborhood cat catch a mouse for lunch and how I tried to explain to him that there’s a balance in nature and that even though it’s painful to see the mouse die, Buddy (the cat) needs that mouse in order to live. Lisa has a wonderful gift of succinctly stating what needs to be communicated, and she said, “Some things have to die in order for other things to live.” Not only does that summarize in a clean and clear statement what Everest is grappling with but it also summarizes my work with transitions.

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Last Day

Everest’s favorite book is Charlotte’s Web. We’ve read it at least 6 or 7 times and he knows many parts by heart. There’s one page, however, that he always asks me to skip: it’s the final page of the chapter entitled “Last Day” where Charlotte dies. He knows that she dies but he doesn’t want to hear the details. I’m happy to oblige. We all have sections of books and movies that we’d rather not read or watch.

But I couldn’t skip over Mocha’s death.

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Saying Goodbye To Our Cat

Losing an animal is always painful, and exponentially so when you have to explain the loss to a child.