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Rest in peace little birdy

I have a very upset 10 year old and i dont know what i can do to cheer her up.

About two hours ago we had gone for a drive and had parked up under some trees just to cool off from the hot sun for a little while.

I noticed that there were three wood pigeons eating in the middle of the left hand side of the road.

I tried to stay positive but i just had this really horrible sinking gut feeling that there was going to be a accident, well anyway just after i had that thought, a white car drove past and beeped its horn at the birds and two flew off but one of the birds, flew across the road instead of upwards.

The other car coming up the road on the right hand side couldn't slow down in time and hit the poor bird with a loud thud, it flew up in the air and landed on the floor where the car behind it ran over in completely.

I was in a little bit of shock, i know this happens all the time but i have never seen it happen right before my eyes before, and the sad thing is is i think it was a young wood pigeon.

My poor daughter who has a extremely sensitive soul like me was unfortunately watching all of this and was horrified, she wanted to get out of the car and see if it was ok but i wouldn't let her.

When our hamster died 5 years ago she was the same and she still cries now sometimes if she sees a photo of her, Ive explained to her the process of death to her before, but today i explained it again.

I explained to her that the bird is no longer in pain, that in fact it is flying higher in the sky then any other bird, and i told her that the body on the ground is just a shell that the birds spirit is free, and also because animals are more sensitive to spirit it can also still come down and visit its family etc.

I know she believes this but i just cant get her to stop crying, im sad that she had to see that, yes may just be a bird, but us sensitive souls, feel real empathy and others pain.

I just caught her under the tree in the garden asking god and the angels to take care of the bird now that it has died, bless her heart, crying as im writing this because she is just so sad.


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LoudMan wrote on July 26, 2014, 1:10 PM

Birdie birdie in the sky,
Why'd you doo-doo in my eye?
Gee, I'm glad that cows don't fly,
Birdie birdie in the sky.


Thank you for your entry.

astraldreamer wrote on July 26, 2014, 2:30 PM

loudman ha ha that made me laugh, my daughters now stopped crying and is scoffing biscuits so alls well emoticon :smile:

LoudMan wrote on July 26, 2014, 3:08 PM

The first experience with death is a tougher lesson than others.

MegL wrote on July 26, 2014, 3:35 PM

Maybe she would enjoy reading Richard Bach's book, Jonathan Livingstone seagull.

astraldreamer wrote on July 26, 2014, 4:23 PM

megl what is the book about? Nothing scary is it lol 😋

MegL wrote on July 27, 2014, 2:27 AM

If you search on line for Jonathan Livingstone seagull, you will find many references. Wikipedia has a good explanation of what the book is about. But Richard Bach uses the seagull to describe a higher plane of existence and I thought it might help your daughter come to terms with the wood pigeon's death. It is fairly easy reading but like the Narnia books, for instance, it can be read on many planes, with children reading it as purely a story, while adults may take a deeper meaning.

astraldreamer wrote on July 27, 2014, 7:05 AM

$megl yes i will take a look thank u