Any parent who has gifted their child with a pet knows the joy these animals bring. As such, when the time comes, talking to your child about their pet’s death can be incredibly difficult. But with some planning, the right conversation, a memorial, and a pet urn, you can help your child transition through these tough times.
Read on for a brief guide on how to best handle navigating these conversations:
- Prepare Children In Advance: The aging of a pet is a hard concept for kids to grasp—pets don’t age the same way humans do, and the signs of it happening are much less obvious. You can help your child understand by explaining the concept of dog years and taking the time to walk them through the ways that animals and people age differently.
- Consider Your Child’s Maturity Level: When talking to a child about death, in any capacity, consider their age and maturity level—tailor the conversation to meet those needs. How you choose to word what you say will depend on the age of the child, but it is advised that you don’t say your pet has gone to sleep. The goal of the conversation is to convey to your child that this is a permanent state.
- Hold a Memorial Service & Buy a Pet Urn: Your child will need a way to process what has happened. One way to do that is with a memorial service and a pet urn. A memorial will help them make sense of what has happened and will give them a sense of closure. As for the pet urn, you can either choose to bury it during the service, or you can keep it in your home. Keeping it in the house may help your children feel that even though their pet has passed away, they are still with them.
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