How to help a child who’s grieving because she lost a dog
I understand the scenario about your baby girl and the loss of her dog and this article will show you what you didn’t previously know about dog loss.
Ready to hear me out?
Here it goes…
Your little lovely baby girl just lost her dog and now finds it very difficult to concentrate on her studies in school.
She hardly eats even at home and is always silent and always crying… most of the time.
She refuses to be comforted and is now getting irritable.
Do you find this stupid of her?
I am afraid to tell you that if you think this is stupid of her, then you are not being fair.
Take it easy… let me explain.
You see, you might think the dog is nothing more than an ordinary dog, right?
Well, with that I agree completely.
But do you know what?
To your little girl, this dog has now grown much closer to her than an ordinary dog.
The attachment she has given to this so called ‘ordinary dog’ is now much deeper than even that which humans have for themselves.
Don’t believe me?
I will explain…
When you were not there with her, this dog was her mother and father all rolled into one.
When her friends were not there with her, this dog was her friend and always stayed with her.
If she didn’t have brothers and sisters, this dog acted as her brother and sister- all rolled into one.
When she was sad and depressed, this dog was there with her.
So, you see… she has grown to accept this dog as part of her. That is why it is so painful to her that the dog has died.
It is just like losing a part of her.
Now, doesn’t she have a genuine reason to be depressed?
That being said, instead of being mad at your lovely little baby girl for losing concentration after the death of her dog, you should be sympathetic with her.
This is the time when she needs your care and love the more. Instead of being mad with her, give her the love and support she needs.
The first thing you need to do is to have a heart to heart talk with her. Explain to your lovely daughter that her dog has ‘gone to Heaven’ where she will meet her someday.
Let her be convinced that it is neither her fault nor anyone’s fault that her companion- the dog- has died. Make her convinced that she has to go on with her life.
Next, go shopping for another dog that looks just like the previous one that just died. When you get this new dog, explain to your daughter that this new dog has been sent to her to help her get over the loss of the previous one.
If you do this with genuine love and concern, she will understand and with time she will get over the loss of her dog.
This is a much better technique of helping your daughter handle the loss of her dog than being mad at her for feeling this bad over the loss.
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