Children handle pet death rather easily. It is the adult's reactions and actions that can leave a scar of misunderstanding. Most kids feel as strongly over the loss of the pet as adults do, but look to the adults in their lives to decide how to respond to the loss.
Many adults feel it is best to protect children from the upsetting truth of what has happened to their pet and so they lie! They pretend the pet "ran away" or perhaps "moved to the country." Without telling children the truth, it will cause them more pain and the potential for guilty feelings for not taking better care of their pet.
Were you aware that how a child hears about the first death in his life, usually a pet or grandparent, can color his future perspecive on death? Please see this great kids book; http://www.amazon.com/Miss-You-Pets-Heaven-Parent-ebook/dp/B00J0D707Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1416880152&sr=1-1&keywords=I+miss+you%3A+all+pets+go+to+heaven You will be glad you did.
Join us today by calling in at 917-889-8810 and sharing your story of how you were told as a child that your beloved pet had died. We are a community of caring pet parents who want to share with you.