Thursday, December 13, 2012

Rat Funeral

This morning the grandchildren called, in tears. Their pet, a rat named Maid Marian, was dying. She expired later in the morning, after they went to school.

This evening they called to ask if she could be buried in the orchard.

Grandpa Mark dug a hole near one of the apple trees.

We had a teary few moments out in the cold while Maid Marian was laid to rest. Sarah spoke some loving words in farewell to her friend. Kat said a prayer, expressing the hope that Maid Marian would be happy and pure in her afterlife. Josh hummed "God Be With You 'Till We Meet Again" as we walked back to the house.

Mark and I agreed that it was a lovely funeral, short and sweet and loving. One of the nicest funerals we've attended.

It is good that the children know where their friend is buried, and that they can remember her and visit her gravesite near the apple tree if they get to missing her.

Rest In Peace, Maid Marian.


Dorothy said...

I'm glad you shared that with us. I am subbing in the girl's Primary class on Sunday. It's good to know what has happened in their week.

Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

So glad Maid Marion was able to find a peaceful resting place...I wonder how many pets have been buried in the yard...

Julia - Finding My Way Softly said...

Glad that it could be simple and meaningful. :-)

Kat was the only one able to talk this afternoon. Josh was praying and needed quiet, and Sarah couldn't stop crying. Kat was finding a lot of comfort in the funeral (which hadn't happened yet) and wanted to talk about how best to handle it. It sounds like they kept it simple, and I am glad.