Scottsdale, AZ (PressExposure) November 05, 2008 -- In most families, children are often the ones that have the most interaction with pets. Pets usually take on the primary role as the children's companions and playmates in the family. Thus, when a pet dies, it is more than natural for the child to be upset, especially when the child is too young to understand what death really means. In the death of a pet, it becomes important for parents to help their children through the experience of pet loss.
As a service to its clientele, Everlife Memorials has launched a new section on their official website that is devoted as a resource on various issues surrounding the death of a pet. "Pet Loss Resources for Grieving Pet Owners" contains many articles and guides for pet owners and their children to get through their grief over a pet's death.
According to the Everlife resource, honesty is the main key to helping children overcome pet loss. Explaining to the child as truthfully as possible that the pet has died instead of making it seem that the pet has run away is the better option, says the resource. The belief that the pet has run away will only result in the development of feelings of abandonment on the part of the child. It is an emotional scarring that the child may not overcome as he or she grows older.
Avoidance of euphemisms is also something that parents should do when explaining the death of a pet to their child. Children can be literal; to them, the phrase "putting the pet to sleep" only means that their pet is sleeping and can still be woken up. It can also lead them to forming fears about going to sleep.
Advising teachers and care givers that pet death has occurred in the family is another thing that parents should deal with to help their child cope with pet loss. The teachers and care givers can lend a hand in supporting the children, especially when their reaction to the death of a pet is depression or withdrawal from other children.
Holding a pet memorial service can also help children greatly in overcoming pet loss. A pet memorial service can bring a form of closure to the children; it can aid them in accepting the fact that their pet is now gone from them and will no longer return. Parents can also keep the memories of the pet alive by giving their children pet memorial accessories such as cremation jewelry, keepsakes and ceramic pictures.
Being honest about the pet death and explaining the death in terms that they can understand is the best way that parents can help their children with the death of a pet. Being able to comprehend the death is something that the children will need to move on. Eventually, they will be able to accept a new pet into their lives once again.