How do you explain a dog dying to a toddler?
10 Ways to Explain a Pet Dying to Kids
- If you are religious you can start by explaining your thoughts on afterlife.
- Explain to the child the cycle of life.
- Tell your child that Buttons was sick and that she was in a lot of pain.
- Break the news to them as gently as you can and then be there to hold them when they cry.
- Read them a book about loss.
What do you tell a child when a pet dies?
Here are a few signs to look for when your child can’t get over the loss of a pet:
- Your child’s sadness doesn’t come and go but seems constant.
- Sadness lasts longer than a month.
- Your child has trouble in school, can’t sleep or has other signs such as stomachaches – problems that didn’t occur before the pet’s death.
Should you let child see dead pet?
Let your child know it is normal to miss pets after they die and encourage the youngster to come to you with questions or for reassurance and comfort. There is no best way for children to mourn their pets. They need to be given time to remember their pets. It helps to talk about the pet with friends and family.
How do I help my child grieve the loss of a pet?
Helpful tips for the grieving child include:
- Giving the child permission to work through their grief. – Tell their teacher about the pet’s death.
- NEVER say things like “God took your pet,” or the pet was “put to sleep.”
- Include the child in everything that is going on.
- Explain the permanency of death.