Supporting Your Children After the Death of a Pet

pet lossFrom teaching your child to ride a bike to readying them for the first day of school, and so much in between, the death of a pet is by far one of the hardest situations for parents to explain to their children.

The loss of a pet is sometimes a child’s first introduction to death. Not only is it interwoven with deep sadness and grief, but also confusion – What is death? Where did my pet go? When can I see them again? This turmoil can also be complicated by your own distress and grief, and whether the death was sudden or after a lengthy illness.

To support you in this difficult time, your friends at Veterinary Oncology Services and Research Center have some recommendations for helping your children through this difficult time.