Good-bye Rocky

“How can I prepare my children” a friend asked when he found out they’d have to euthanize their beloved dog Rocky who was dying. Here is what I said: Always tell the truth. Be sure not to say “Rocky went to live on a farm” or “the goldfish went on vacation.” The death of a beloved (or even not so beloved) pet is often a child’s first loss. It is an opportunity to provide some education about death and what to do with all the feelings that accompany a difficult loss. You can say “You know how Rocky has been having trouble walking and eating and isn’t able to play outside with anymore?...

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About Mary

Mary Robinson, MA, CT, is currently in private practice in Madison, NJ where she works with individuals coping with grief, loss, and life transitions of any kind.

She has over 35 years of business, management, technical, training, and clinical expertise in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Ms. Robinson is committed to creating communities where children, teens, families, and adults coping with loss get the support they need to thrive, be resilient, and develop the coping tools and skills needed to manage all of the transitions of life.

About Mary

Mary Robinson, MA, CT, is currently in private practice in Madison, NJ where she works with individuals coping with grief, loss, and life transitions of any kind.

She has over 35 years of business, management, technical, training, and clinical expertise in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Ms. Robinson is committed to creating communities where children, teens, families, and adults coping with loss get the support they need to thrive, be resilient, and develop the coping tools and skills needed to manage all of the transitions of life.

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