Anyone who has ever had and lost a pet knows that the death of a pet can be extremely painful. Many people would say “it’s just an animal,” but the truth is that these animals often become a real part of the family and are very loved. However, as with any negative experience, it is possible to get something valuable out of it. In this case, there are many valuable lessons that can be learned through the death of a pet. In particular, this type of experience can be used to teach a child a healthy way to mourn and express their emotions after the death of a loved one.
Children come into the world completely innocent and with no knowledge of how things really work. Death can be very scary to a child because they do not understand it and they do not know what it entails. This is why, when a child actually happens to lose a loved one, while the experience is very painful, it can also be used as a learning opportunity.
This is particularly true with pets because the child could have actually assumed a role of caregiver to the pet while the pet was alive. Parents often get pets for their children because they feel it is a good chance for them to be teaching responsibility to their children. The children will learn how to take care of a pet and provide for it in the way that it needs, including providing food, water, attention, and whatever other needs an animal might have, such as a dog needing to be walked on a daily basis.
However, teaching responsibility does not end when the pet is alive. The child can also learn responsibilities. like how to deal with a death once the pet has died. The parent can take this as an opportunity to teach the child how to honor the life of the deceased, and teach the child that just because someone we love is gone does not mean we have to forget them. Just because your beloved dog or cat dies does not mean you ever need to forget that they were there or how much they meant to you and will always mean to you.
Dog skin cancer is one example. It is a very debilitating disease that can disable a person physically and in the worst cases, end up taking their lives. If your dog has any form of cancer, this can be an incredibly hard thing for a family to deal with.
As horrible as the loss of a pet can be, it is good to take all the positives out of the situation that one possibly can. After all, your pets do love you very much. Even though it is natural that you after they are gone, your pet would want you to remember the positive times you had together.