Helping your children get over the loss of your dog
August 16, 2012
The loss of your dog, regardless of the circumstance, is a trying time for any family and oftentimes parents don't know the best course of action to break the news to their children. After all, this is probably one of the first times in their lives when they've had to experience the death of a loved one, and it's no less painful when it's a pet. While how you should handle the situation depends on the age of your kids, there are a few constant themes you should keep in mind that could help your children move on in a healthy way.
1. Be honest and open. While it's true that children handle grief very differently at certain ages, being consistent and available when your kids need to talk is vitally important, reports APLB.org. No matter how hard you may try to hold back your emotions, your children will be able to sense the stress in the home and may come to you to talk about what has just happened. Make the time to talk with your kids when they're trying to process these complex emotions, and speak to them on a level that matches their maturity.
2. Attend a pet bereavement course. One of the most effective ways to help your kids through this process is to get a level head on your own. Consider visiting Bideawee's website to look into pet bereavement classes. This will allow you to share your feelings in an open forum with individuals who are going through the same ordeal that you are. As you begin to move on from the tragic event of losing your dog, you can provide a strong example to your children as you make sense of it on your own.
3. Pay tribute to your dog. Creating a lasting memory of your dog with your children is a wonderful way to find closure for the event. Consider planting a tree, making a donation to your local animal shelter in your pet's name or donating some of your pet's old belongings an animal in need. This can show your kids that even good things can come out of a tragic event, and it could possibly help them find closure and begin to have a positive outlook for the future.