Loss and Children
people do not realize how traumatic and confusing death can be for a
child. Although children tend to grieve for shorter periods of time,
their grief is no less intense than that experienced by adults.
Children also tend to come back to the subject repeatedly; so
patience is required when dealing with the grieving child.
the child permission to work through their grief.
their teacher about the pet's death.
the child to talk freely about the pet.
the child plenty of hugs and reassurance.
death, dying and grief honestly and in an age appropriate way.
not say things like "God took your pet," or the pet was
"put to sleep."
The child may fear that God will take
them, their parents or their siblings or the child may become afraid
of going to sleep themselves.
the child in everything that is going on.
the permanency of death, children’s books can be helpful.
aware the child may revisit the loss several times as they grow
older, integrating the experience in a new way as they become more