What Would You Do? – Louann Frost
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By Louann Frost
I am Louann from CT.
First off, I am so sorry about this. I’m sure this is heart wrenching to the family. Your letter really touched me.
I understand the sorrow Joanna must feel, along with the adults who understand better, but for Echo’s sake, I think it would be best to have him put to sleep and go to doggy heaven.
He is suffering, and it is not fair to him. Death is a part of life thoughout all our lives, this is an experience any child will have to go through, and it should be explained to Joanna that this is the best, respectful and most humane thing to do.
I’ve heard of people doing it as a family… going to the vet, being there with the dog while it’s being done, talking with them, petting them, then making it a special thing to either bury the dog together, or spreading the ashes together.
If this is too much to handle, then have the vet take care of the body and the family could do a little ritual in the back yard (with flowers, a relic of your religion, etc) or in a nature setting with a little prayer or poem to allow the spirit of the dog go as a family.
I know how hard it is to let this very special family member go, but i’m sure Echo would like to go in dignity. Explain to Joanna that Heaven is a good place, and that God/Jesus/a deceased family member will have an extra doggie to play with.
And in Heaven, no one is sick anymore. Explain that death is not a bad thing, it’s just another process of life…like they are living in a different part of the world.
Yes she will cry and scream, but we have to do that sometimes to let out our anger, frustrations & hurts that life brings on. Just be there to hold her, and you all can grieve and be there for each other as a family.
It is a very healing, bonding experience. It hurts like heck, but it’s something we all will be presented with in life. It’s ok to cry and feel bad about a death.
This is what I would do. I hope that helps.
Much love, take good care and I will pray for you, your family and Echo.
Then one day, you’ll know when, you’ll feel it…another wonderful family member will present him/herself when it’s time.