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Talking to Kids About the Death of a Pet. How do you tell them? Here's how…

Losing a pet is hard for anyone, but especially for children. For children, this is often their first meaningful encounter with death. This article will help explain pet loss to your child.  Be Honest - Use simple, direct language. Tell your child what happened (sparing any details that would cause traumatic image) and allow them to ask questions.  Let them be part of the process - Plan a memorial ritual and decide together how you will honor your pet's life and keep their memory alive. Planting a tree, assembling a photo album or telling each other funny stories are all great ways to celebrate their life.   Suggest they write or draw pictures - Respect and encourage your child's needs to express and...

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Coping with the sudden or unexpected loss of a pet

Have you ever softly pet a purring cat while you sit quietly in a chair?  or been welcomed home by the happy barks of your dog? Then you know how much enjoyment pets can offer.  Many of us in all parts of the world are fond of pets. We can understand how an animal can become a beloved companion, like a family member. The remarkable loyalty of our pets actually causes us to have stronger love and affection for them. Caring for our pet, as well as having its companionship, has aided us to overcome challenges and setbacks in our life.  As our affection for a pet deepens,  the grief and loss when our pet dies unexpectedly because of severe illness...

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