How to Help Children with the Death of a Pet

Children develop a strong relationship with their pets and just don’t have the emotional strength to bear their loss. When your child’s pet dies, things can get really bad as the kid who had spent some time with the animal, is not going to cope well and will probably annoy you for weeks.

You should know it is time to step in and take the matters into your hands. Your child can react strongly to the death of his pet, so you have to make sure that you are with him/her at every step of the way, and  put his/her mind at ease.


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    Tell your kid that the pet will be around soon

    It often helps to tell your kid that the pet, which has just died, is not going anywhere and it will be back soon. If your kid has lost a pet that lived with him for months, you can console the kid by telling him that the pet has gone to take some rest and will come again after a few days. Hopefully the kid will soon get over the death and his life will be back to normal.

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    Draw a picture of pet

    Little kids can be calmed if you draw them a picture of their pet and tell them that your pet has taken a new form. The technique may not work with the older kids though. Kids are attracted to things that they find interesting, and if the picture is good, they will surely pay attention to it and forget their loss.

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    Write a letter to their pet

    You can ask the children to write a letter to their pet. Writing a letter will work wonders for the kid as they will be take interest. Tell them that the pet has gone for a break and they can write a letter to ask how everything is going.

  • 4

    Gather up photographs of their pet

    Gathering up pictures of their pets and making an album can help you console your kids.

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    Get them involved in regular activities

    It will help you calm the children if get them involved in regular activities like sports, going out for a bike ride, shopping, and other recreational activities.

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    Buy them new pets

    If nothing works, you can buy them a new pet. This will surely work but if you can calm the children without telling them that you will get them a new pet, it is better. New pets will soon make them forget the loss of their old pet.

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