Talking to Children about Pet Loss|
It is important to be honest with children and explain the reality of the pet's death in simple, straightforward terms. It is not advisable to tell a child that the pet has been "put to sleep" as the child may become afraid to go to sleep him or herself. Encourage the child to talk about the pet and give the child lots of reassurance. Children work through grief by "doing" things; drawing pictures, writing stories or talking about their pets. They often attach a memory to the emotion felt at the time. There are books and other forms of information about grieving in children as well as books for the child to read, have read to them to assist with coming to terms with the loss of their pet.