Our family dog passed away tonight suddenly. How do I explain this to our almost three year old?

  • Claire
    Jun 19

    I'm so sorry. Check out the lifetimes book. But I would tell them that the dogs time ended like the leaves on trees...circle of life and all that.

  • Anneliese
    Jun 20

    There’s a great episode of the old show “the Big Comfy Couch” that does a beautiful job of explaining death. Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood also has a few episodes on the topic. Both shows are free to watch if you have amazon prime

  • PKS
    Jun 20

    I am always honest with my kids. Death and dying is all part of life and living and in letting them experience this is okay, maybe they have a few nice words they want to share about your dog. And perhaps they can draw him a picture or give him a toy to be buried with. It is difficult but they need closure too.

  • Stephanie
    Jun 20

    Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood has an episode on pet death that you can show!

  • Tegan
    Jun 20

    There is also a Daniel Tiger book on pet loss (Blue Fish) that is the same as the episode but simpler and tangible for a child who would like to carry it around the look at the pictures for comfort.

  • Heidi
    Jun 20

    Thank you everyone for the help I am always honest with my kids it’s just with her being so young she death isn’t something she understands quite yet

  • BE
    Jun 20

    I’d play him the “circle of life” from lion king and then explain what it means and then bring up the death of the beloved pet.

  • Shalay
    Jun 21

    When we had to put my cat to sleep my son asked every day where is his meow. She was all he knew as she was 16 when he was born and 19 when she passed. I used to say she was in cat heaven. But then one day in his closet he found a stuffed animal cat. t I bought it about 5 years earlier because she looked like my cat and he carried it around the house for a solid 2 months. Slept with it in the bed made it act like the cat. I think it brought him some comfort.

  • Superdad
    Jun 21

    Good old Daniel saves the day again! Lol Just don’t tell them that All Dogs go to Heaven... 🙄

  • Jason
    Jun 21

    Best book I've ever found to explain death to kids is this one: https://www.amazon.com/Life-Like-Wind-Big-Hug/dp/XXX-XXXX/ . Three might be a touch young for it, but as I wrote in my review on Amazon: "It's sensitive and sweet, yet still very matter-of-fact - it doesn't shy away from the truth about death: a life has left a body and gone somewhere else. It offers multiple ideas about where the life goes afterward, lightly touching on concepts of heaven, reincarnation, and even talking about how that life manifests itself in the things we do for others after they've died. It gave my daughter (and all of us, honestly) comfort and great guidance for continuing to talk honestly and kindly about death."