The same with pets - many people at my stage of life have had to make difficult decisions already. I will admit that I'm not a reptile-lover, and if someone's initial post provided a picture of a huge snake, I would indeed appreciate a heads-up. But, regarding more mainstream pets such as cats/dogs/guinea pigs etc. - I think most pet owners know that we won't have them forever
While that may be true, the pain of losing one still hurts greatly. I am very appreciative of the people who do put a disclaimer in their title, because those threads do still hurt to read. I'd rather know in advance that it could be something I want to skip over. Getting into the thread and backing out is too late. By then, I've read more details than I probably wanted to - and probably now hurt more than I absolutely wanted to.
Please do not stop putting those kinds of warnings on those types of threads. Some of you may not have any problem with reading about the death of animals. But, there are some who still do - and some who are going through fresh pain of losing one now. It's a simple gesture that's beneficial (and polite) to your fellow EHellions. I'd hope that fact alone would keep us doing it.
How is one to title a thread called 'Fluffy passed away' or 'Our hamster died' and provide a warning? Part of the problem is thread titles don't seem to reflect the topic of the post. There are frequently threads titled 'help with issue'... what kind of issue? Add 'pet death mentioned'? Wouldn't the title trigger the emotions too rather than just having a title appropriately named?
I cry when I hear of the death of a pet because I, too, know how it hurts to lose one. I can relate to the poster's pain when they write about it. But it is a normal part of life when a pet or family member dies. We can't possibly warn everyone about every single trigger in the world.
What if someone has an aversion to say, clowns? Do we cease posting a title with 'clown' in it? Where do we draw the line? It could get to be way over-used which, IMHO, it already is.
ETA: *sigh* Subsequently reading the thread, I see someone does have an aversion to clowns. This is my point. Where does it end? I don't think the mere *mention* of a word that is not about other obvious warnings mentioned above is necessary.
I hate snakes. Can't stand them. The thought of them terrifies me. If I know there is a snake in the zoo or in a picture, I just don't look at it. I'm not going to expect people to anticipate my every phobia or fear because of something that I may have difficulty with for my own personal reasons. I can't portray onto an entire forum *my* personal aversions.