Thursday, January 5, 2012

Life and Death

It's been a week of dealing with life and death in our house. After a wonderful weekend away celebrating the new year with family, we came home to a very sick cat. This morning Ivan joined Snoopy, Rainbow and Jessie in pet heaven. It's been especially painful for Jonas. There have been lots of tears and hugs, and lots of talk about life and death.

The older Jonas gets the tougher these big life events become. Making Ivan as comfortable as possible, and letting him live his last days surrounded by the love of his family, prolonged the inevitable by a couple of days, giving us the opportunity to come to terms with it. It also resulted in many discussions about death and, just as importantly, about life. Despite the difficulty of the topic, these have been wonderful converstations between the three of us. They've given Steve and I a glimpse into the inner workings of that beautiful, ever-evolving mind and, hopefully, reaffirmed for Jonas that he can talk to us about anything and not have to keep his feelings bottled up inside.

There's always an upside, right?


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