Discussing a Pet's Death

Discuss the September 2016 Book of the Month, A Spiritual Dog: Bear by J. Wesley Porter.
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Re: Discussing a Pet's Death

Post by vaz222 » 18 Nov 2017, 19:52

I honestly think that this kind of thing would make my daughter cry. That is why I would have to say that no I don't think it is appropriate for a children's book. But that's just my opinion.
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Post by Anjum » 25 Nov 2017, 06:16

I don't think that it is a too sensitive topic. Children should learn how to face different sad situations and also learn to take care of their emotions.
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Post by Mailis » 10 Feb 2018, 12:49

If talking or writing about death of a beloved pet I think it is important not to add to the pain (graphic description of illness, describing the pain the animal must feel) but to try and relieve the loss with some idea that a child might take comfort in and to try and help to them move on.

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Post by atonykamau » 14 Mar 2018, 05:58

I think talking about a pet's death is important so that the owner can be able to move on, but i would that you only talk about it if the owner is ready.

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Post by rcarr13 » 29 Mar 2018, 08:53

A lot depends on the child's age, maturity level and experience with the topic. I would not have a problem with my 8-year-old reading something like this, but he and I have discussed disease and death and although it might be emotional for him, I think he should be aware of the possibilities of a pet getting sick in this way and dying. For a younger child, however, it might be a bit too much information. When mine was about 4 I told him that an animal's spirit went to Heaven (He asked after seeing a dead butterfly), so he understood that death was different than being asleep, but this type of graphic detail was not discussed until more recently.

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Post by jvez » 22 Apr 2018, 06:27

A very young child will definitely cry at this premise. The story would be better for children who are at least old enough to comprehend the idea of death. Parents will definitely play an important role in explaining this topic to their kids.

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Post by Fuzzy456 » 22 May 2018, 22:39

I think it’s important for death to be discussed in a children’s book. It is important for children to be taught that dying is part of life. It is something that we will all have to face.

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Post by BookishCoffeeBlog » 10 Jun 2018, 21:59

I find it an incredibly important topic to discuss with children. When I experienced the death of a pet when I was young, I had no idea how to deal with it. I had never lost anyone or any other pet and I was devastated. I think to bring the discussion into existence is important for young minds. It will help with both the death of pets, friends, and other family members.

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