How you broach your pet’s death will depend on the age of your child and their previous experience with death.
- Children identify strongly with pets.
- Be truthful during your pet’s illness so that your child is prepared accordingly.
- If you tell a child “there’s nothing to worry about” and your pet passes, your child may be traumatised when they receive the same reassurance, before a routine operation that they may have to undergo for example.
- Allow your child to express their feelings fully and talk openly about what influence your pet has played in your lives.
- Children are inquisitive. They may ask detailed and repetitive questions about death. If you feel that you have not have all the answers, reach out to your pastor or vet to assist.