Sometimes life makes you deal with things whether you want to or not. Sometimes you have no time to prepare. Things happen, you react, and life goes on.
We recently had to say goodbye to Mr. Bumps the turtle. He is well and healthy as far as we know. After a particularly hard rainstorm, we went to check on him. His habitat was flooded, overflowing with water. We searched all through it to make sure he wasn't drowned. He was no where to be found. He must have escaped. My son was in pieces. He knew we were going to eventually let him go, but on our terms, with a farewell and good luck to send him on his way.
Until then, happy trails!