We understand there is no right way to support a grieving child; it is a journey for you and your children to take together. Please know that our team is here to help any way we can, and to listen to and support you at this time.
Death is such an abstract concept, especially for young children. The notion of losing the physical connection with a pet will be a process that will occur over time. Children will experience grief on their own terms and in their own time and your child may struggle with their emotions, just as adults do. You shouldn't feel the need to hide your sadness: allowing your children to witness your grief is part of them understanding what they are feeling is normal, acceptable and expected. Speak to your child about how you are feeling, in an age appropriate manner and ask them to share how they're feeling. Share and take support from each other, and remember so much can be communicated without words. Cry together and hold each other: it is alright to find comfort by grieving with your children. It can take weeks, months or even years for a family to move through the loss of a family pet. When you can, share happy stories with your children so you can all keep those precious loving memories of your pet alive. Every child will cope with loss differently so just be honest, loving, sympathetic, and patient with your child and with yourself.