Parents are certainly aware that children, as they grow physically and emotionally, react differently as they grow in age. A toddler that loses a toy reacts differently than a teenager that loses a personal item. The same premise applies to grief - a younger child understands and reacts differently to the loss of a pet [...]
Just as the companionship of a pet is the first experience our children have of love, the loss of a pet is often times their first experience of grief and loss.
Back in Kernersville (the land of plenty and unofficial center of the universe), the house in which I grew up is still there. Every now and then, I check up on it by seeing if there's a new picture in Google Maps. As far as I know, the house itself looks pretty much the same. [...]