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7 Ways Children Can Say Goodbye to Pets

Children and Pet Loss

By Allen and Linda Anderson

Pets are family members. Children relate to animals as their friends, protectors, and playmates. When the family pet dies, it is often the child’s first exposure to death and can cause him or her to feel confused and upset.

From our research on children and pet loss, as well as our experiences with our own children, we have compiled a list of the major considerations for helping youngsters deal with their grief.

Click here to read tips on helping your child cope with pet loss.


Allen and Linda Anderson are founders of the Angel Animals Network. Text is reprinted from "Saying Goodbye to Angel Animals." Copyright 2008 by Allen and Linda Anderson. Reprinted with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA. www.newworldlibrary.com or 800/972-6657 ext. 52.

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