Children and Pet Loss

How to involve children in the process.

Involving Children in Saying Goodbye to Pets

Now we know that most children are very capable of handling the idea that all life ends.  Involving children in the process of caring for and eventually saying goodbye to an aging or sick pet teaches them compassion, and gives them time to prepare for the loss of their companion.  A sudden, unexpected death handled properly can give children the tools to deal with other unexpected and difficult events later in life.  And losing a pet can help prepare children for the loss of important people in their life.  There are many excellent books, for every age level, on dealing with the loss of loved ones, including pets.  Recognize that children often have a very special and close bond with their pets.  Be prepared to help them face their loss and allow them to grieve.