Category Archives: Children and families

Helping Children Cope with Pet Loss

For a downloadable resource on helping kids grieve the loss of a pet, click here: HelpingChildrenCopeFactSheet

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Do pets grieve the loss of their animal friends?

  Do pets grieve the loss of their animal friends? Owners of multiple pets know that these furry “siblings” share a special bond with one another. They romp around the backyard and snuggle up together on the couch, but do … Continue reading

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A Letter for Your Child’s Teacher About Pet Loss

Losing a pet can be a very difficult experience for children, depending on the circumstances of the loss.  If your family has recently lost a pet, it may be beneficial to let others know that your child has lost their furry friend.  … Continue reading

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‘Quality of Life’ Photo Journal for Your Aging Pet

As a veterinarian who works with pet owners making end of life decisions for their beloved pet, I am often witness to how difficult those decisions can be. I remember a visit I made to a home a few years … Continue reading

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Making a Memory Box

To say that Daisy and I were close is a bit of an understatement. Although my first word was “Mom,” my second was “Daisy,” and my first sentence was “Where did Daisy go?” She was my constant, patient companion as … Continue reading

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Grief Role-Modeling

For kids of all ages, losing a pet can be a confusing, heartbreaking and scary experience. For many kids, it might even be the first time they have had to grapple with death and grief. But, along with all of the … Continue reading

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Ways People Grieve Part II – Families

Grieving Styles We all have our own unique way of expressing and working with grief – our own style.  In Ways People Grieve Part I, I’ve described how “instrumental” grievers experience grief primarily through thinking and doing, and how “intuitive” … Continue reading

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Ways People Grieve Part I – The Myth of Men and Grief

It is a common expression of concern for men to hear that “it’s important to express your feelings about this loss.”  The prevailing conventional “wisdom” is that men do not necessarily grieve well… that they could be better at expressing … Continue reading

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Caring for the Caregiver

In many helping professions, we are taught to remember “the oxygen mask”. This common phrase refers to the rule of thumb of which flight attendants remind us — you must first apply your mask and attend to your well-being before … Continue reading

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Children and Pet Loss

The loss of a pet is often a child’s first experience with death and because it is painful, parents often wish to protect them from it.  Not talking about it, however, can make the grief process even more difficult.  Parents … Continue reading

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