Coping with Pet Loss

by Natalie Flores January 15, 2017 2 min read

The death of a family pet may be the first experience of death that your child goes through. Instead of protecting your child from facing the harsh reality of life - death, you got to use it as an opportunity to teach your child how to deal with the grief and pain associated with the loss of a loved one. As a parent, you got to be very careful about how you handle the situation, because the way your child learns to deal with death of a loved one will have a big impact on their personal development. Having said that, in this post we suggest some tips that will help your child cope with the death of their beloved pet.

Be Honest

Don’t lie to your child about the death of a pet. Some parents, in order to avoid talking to their children about the death of their pet, tell lies such as the pet ran away, or it went to its family. Lying to the child does not help because it may leave the child feeling confused or betrayed. Talk to your child and tell them how people we love do not stay with us forever.

Be Empathetic

Children share a special relationship with their pets. Therefore, you got to be very careful about how you talk to your children about their pet’s death. Do not ignore the emotional attachment that your child had with their pet. Don’t tell your child that it was just a pet and you will get them a new one. This will not alleviate their grief. Instead it will change their perception of the significance of a relationship.

Be Their Ally

Even if you are super busy, make sure you take time out of your schedule to talk to your child about their pet and the stories they shared. Encourage your child to talk about the good times that they spent with their pet. Don’t worry even if it makes the child a little emotional, because that will help your child discover their emotional side, a must for children of their age.

Memorialize Their Pet

Help your child memorialize their pet by conducting a closure ceremony. During the ceremony you and your child can plant a tree in the memory of the pet. You can also encourage your child to pen down their thoughts about their deceased pet. If you choose to cremate the pet, you can store the cremation ashes in a pet urn that will always stay with your child as a memory of their beloved pet.

Last Few Words

Death is the inevitable truth of life, and the sooner your child learns it and accepts it, the stronger he will develop as an individual. If your child has also lost their favorite pet recently and you want to help your child keep their memories alive by storing their memories in a cremation urn, then choose from our extensive range of cremation urns for pets. If you have any questions, or want to need help to buy a cremation urn, simply call 1-844-438-8767, or fill out our contact form and we will take it up from there. 

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