When a pet passes on, many people feel that there are several things that they need to do to keep their children from knowing about it. Most of the time, a child can tell that something is wrong, whether they know exactly what it is or not. When it comes to grieving for a pet, here are some things that you should never do to make your child feel better about it.
Never rush out and purchase a pet that is identical to the one that your child may have just lost. In most cases, the pet and the child will know. Not only will the animal act differently than their previous pet that they loved so much, but it just isn’t the same.
- Never run right out and get a new pet for your child because they feel lost without one. Often times, there can be resentment toward the animal because it isn’t acting the way the child’s beloved pet did and it can end up getting neglected without intentionally doing so. Allow your child to grieve for the loss of their pet before purchasing a new one.
- Don’t avoid talking to your children about death. They need to know that their beloved furry friend is not going to come back and they need to be allowed to grieve over it. Telling them a story that you made up to make them feel better is one of the worst things that you could do according to psychologists.