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Explaining a pet's death to child

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October 5th, 2006, 03:27 PM
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My 5 year old wants to know what happened to his cat when he died. I don't want to tell him pet heaven or anything like that, but I also don't want to tell him the vet probably disposed of his body in the incinerator. Has anyone else had to explain death to a child without using religious fantasy or the supernatural (like heaven, angels or ghosts) ? Any suggestions greatly welcomed!

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October 5th, 2006, 07:12 PM
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Sorry to hear about the loss of your cat.

I think pet's death is just a way to explain death to children so they aren't blindsided by it later... But obviously being 5 the approach would likely be a bit different right ~ hence the issue?

Dh's suggestion: Just explain all questions with soft tones and straight forwardness. ((Everything lives it's life, like every year the leaves fall off the trees.))
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