Losing a pet is never easy, but when you're a 5-year-old boy it's downright traumatizing.
Heartbroken Boy Can't Bear To Part With Beloved Fish
Pierce Griffin of Augusta, Georgia experienced the sting of the sudden loss of his beloved blue Betta fish, Cupid after a month-long friendship before its untimely death from accidental overfeeding.
In the viral video, Griffin experiences all five stages of grief simultaneously in just under two minutes while holding on to hope as tightly as he held onto Cupid.
From denial, "I see him moving..."
to anger as he blocks the toilet...
to bargaining, "Thank you God for the fish but I don’t want to. I want to go to Pet Smart and get another one."
and depression as he wails, "Bye, bye Cupid."
and finally acceptance and he flushes the toilet.
Pierce's refusal to let his mom be the one to flush him — instead insisting he do it — is a milestone in his young life; a moment when he encounters such a painful death and finds the strength to finally come to terms with it.
The traditional (unceremonious) ceremony of the flushing of the fish ended with Pierce's mom reciting a common funereal phrase with a marine-friendly addition.
"Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, water to water."
All fish go to heaven too, Pierce.