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Today We Learned About Death

Life as a Guinea Pig….

HarsH ReaLiTy

It was a hard weekend in the Cushman household. We lost our pet Guinea Pig Tommy and subsequently learned about death. These are those conversations you aren’t ever really prepared for and depending on the circumstances you may say different things. I am a realist and I understand that pets are a great learning experience for children. They can experience happiness, accomplishment, responsibility, and growth with an animal. They can also learn about death.

There is no “safe way” of teaching about death, but if it must happen for a first time I’d rather it be an animal. Human death is obviously normally far more traumatic and the death of a pet is a great opportunity to learn what death is and what it means. I took that opportunity this weekend.

We woke up to a sick Guinea Pig and I was alerted by a cry for help. I made…

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