Explaining Pet Loss to a Child…

He says below that “honesty is the best policy”. I absolutely agree and would only add to not use euphemisms. For instance, telling your child the cat is ‘asleep’ instead of dead. I also always recommend using the correct terms for whatever is the matter with your pet. Use “cancer” or “kidney failure” rather than “sick”. One time when a hospice patient I was working with was dying, a four year’s old girl’s Poppy was described as being sick. After he died, her little brother became sick with a cold and she was terrified that he was going to die too. Children, especially young children, take things very literally. We have to be clear in how we speak to them about these issues, but also have to take their age and reasoning skills into account.


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