How to explain the death of the dog to your child.
It can be a real headache trying to convince your child about the death of her favorite dog. She just won’t find it easy to take.
She obviously has grown so attached to the dog for such a long time that living without it seems impossible to her.
If she had the dog since she was a very little baby, then this becomes even harder to deal with.
I know of certain girls who grew up from when they were born being so attached to their dogs, that they found it very difficult to cope with the death of the dogs.
If your child has this same kind of attachment to her dog, then it would be a heck of a job trying to explain the death to her and convincing her to take heart with it.
So, what do you do and how do you explain to her about the death that she would be convinced?
First and foremost, this is the most important time that you should really talk as soothingly and tenderly as ever to your child about the loss of her dog, explaining that it has merely gone to rest and it makes no sense in crying over it- because it is obviously in a better place.
If you are a Christian family, then convince her that her dog has gone to heaven and if she stops crying, she too would eventually meet her dog there when she grows old too and dies.
Let her know that the dog is probably happy where it is and there is no reason to cry over it, but to cherish its good memories and live a good life so that she too would join the dog when she goes old and dies.
Why am I concerned about you insisting on ‘her getting old before she dies?” Well, this is to prevent any suicidal thought from coming up in her mind. Some kids can figure it out for themselves that if they can’t live without their pet, then they should die so that they too would meet the pet in heaven.
So, while explaining this to your child, know that she would obviously burst into uncontrollable tears, don’t fail to hold her tenderly and continue consoling her.
Note however that it depends on the age of your child. If your child is still very young (say 3 to 5 years old), then this explanation of the dog gone to a better place will stick. But if she is much older and has heard a lot about death, then it would be better to explain to her about death. At this age, she is much realistic in her understanding than a 3 to 5 year old child.
Secondly, this is the time she needs your love, consolation and affection the most. Whatever she says or does, don’t show anger towards her but do everything within your power to explain the death to her.
Do these above simply steps and you will be able to explain to your child without much stress.
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