How to Talk to Your Kids about Pet Loss
Grief is a Normal and Natural Reaction to Pet Loss
The most important thing to note here is that grieving the loss of a pet is a normal and natural reaction for children who have experienced pet loss.
Just like with adults:
When children are not allowed to grieve, talk about their feelings, or otherwise express what they are feeling, they will internalize and hold everything inside. They hold onto any sadness, guilt, anger, and create their own grief baggage that they will carry with them for years or the rest of their lives. Just like adults.
Remembering Your First Loss as a Child
Before we get into the different stages below, it’s helpful to take a few moments to remember and reconnect with the first loss you remember having as a child.
If you can, close your eyes when you do this. Really picture yourself back in that time. If you didn’t have someone to talk to for support, what questions did you want to ask? What did your parents tell you? How did they handle it? Did you see your parents cry or display emotion over the loss?