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How to tell children the family pet has died.

how to tell children the family pet has died

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How to tell children the family pet has died.

My Pets Ashes is launching an age-appropriate bereavement guide that sets out some ideas about how to tell children the family pet has died. Children deal with bereavement differently to adults, and it’s important to make sure you pitch the news carefully. The My Pets Ashes Bereavement Guide for Children© helps you to find the best way to deal with the death of a pet for your family.

For a child the family pet can be their best friend, the one they talk to about friendship issues, their secrets, their fears. So when that pet suddenly disappears the impact can be huge. Young children may take longer to understand that death is permanent.

“I miss April when is she coming home?” Hector aged 7, a week after he was told that our cat had died.

Pet Bereavement Guide for Children ©

The Guide is broken into three sections Infants, Primary School aged Children and Adolescents. Each section takes you through how grief impacts a child according to their developmental stage, how to talk about the death, how to support the child during the bereavement and ways to help children remember their pet.

  • how grief impacts a child according to their developmental stage,
  • how to talk about the death,
  • how to support the child during the bereavement, and
  • ways to help children remember their pet.

To find out how to tell children the family pet has died see our Pet Bereavement Guide©

If you want to sign up to our 12 step Pet Bereavement Guide © you can sign up here. You will receive an email each month that will take you through our 12 step programme. All emails offer bereavement advice as well as wellness tips and recipes to make sure you are looking after yourself during the punishing period of grief.

We also have a smaller printed version that we can send FREE of charge, just fill in the form and we’ll pop one in the post.

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