(Closed) What to do to help my daughter with her grief (Doggie passed away)

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I experienced a lot of dead pets when I was young. My mum would take me to a garden centre to pick out a plant I liked and we would plant it over where we buried our pet with our favourite photo of them and say something nice about them so that I could always remember them and think of the good and happy times we had. Emphasise that Coda had a lovely happy life and she helped make it that way and he was very thankful for that. I hope that helps! I know what a horrible time it can be. 

Post # 5
2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

How sad that you guys didn’t really get to say goodbye!  Frown

I like @Snowden‘s idea of a plant to memorialize her.  They also make memory stones that you put outside that you can have personalized with your dog’s name, if you so choose.  This is one example: Pet Breed Memorial Stone.

Also, something really easy to do that a family friend did when their dog died was to buy a shadow-box type photo frame, put a nice photo of the dog in it, and then wrap the dog’s collar around outside of the box.  I wish I’d seen it before we lost our last dog, but I didn’t know them at the time.

Post # 6
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Those are such good ideas. I think the key ingredient of all of these lovely ideas is closure. Let your daughter have her time to say goodbye and memorialize what she lost, with the positive spin that the plant, memory stones or shadow box can give her. A craft or something symbolic, like the other PP’s have suggested, is the most appropriate method for a for a five year old, in my opinion. 

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