Pet Loss - Five Great Books for Kids

On a recent Friday afternoon, we had to break it to our two small children than our beloved cat was sick and had to be put to sleep. If you've been through this, then you know what I mean when I say it's not a day I want to relive.

But death is a part of life, and pets never live as long as we'd like them too. Kids process grief in different ways and at different developmental levels. My older daughter is struggling with the permanency of the situation, but takes comfort in talking about happy memories and funny stories. My younger daughter is processing through play: Dolls "die," but then come back to life.

More than anything, books have helped the girls understand what happened and start conversations that help them talk about their feelings. If you are facing the death of a family pet, here are five great books for younger children: Read more....