Coping with the loss of a pet, a family member, is difficult for anyone. It may be especially difficult for children who do not yet understand the concept of death.
Sometimes, however, kids prove to be surprisingly resilient and develop creative methods for coping with grief.
When 3-year-old Luke realized his Beagle Moe was no longer around, he constantly asked when his friend would return. To make himself feel better, Luke decided he wanted to write Moe letters. So with help from Mom, they broke out the crayons and paper (formally addressed to “Cloud One”) and wrote Moe several messages.
Typically, the letters said something along the lines of, “I miss you, hope you’re having fun in doggie heaven,” and each one would find its way to the mailbox before Mom fished them out after bedtime each night.
Somehow, though, one letter was picked up before she could remove it. A kind postal worker retrieved and “delivered” Luke’s letter, and had “Moe” write a response—complete with a U.S. postage stamp of delivery. The letter (pictured below) reads:
“I’m in Doggie Heaven. I play all day. I am happy. Thank you 4 being my friend. I wuv you Luke.”
This is one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen, and we hope that Luke will take some comfort in knowing his best friend knows just how much his human loves him.