How do you explain euthanasia to a not-quite-four-year-old?...
Only knowing that I wanted to be honest and not tell her we were taking her buddy to a farm, I consulted the web and found these very helpful sites that gave me some key words and phrases to use while we had our heart-to-heart chat about what was going to happen:
- "Explaining Pet Death to Children" from the University of Illinois Vet School
- "When a Pet Dies" from Kids Health
- "Talking to Children About Death" from Hospice
It was very difficult, and I even began by telling her "I don't really know how to explain this to you." A lot of tears were shed. But, she knows the truth and is making up little songs to help express her grief and the way that she understands what has happened. I hope that you do not need to reference these sites now, but will remember where you can find them when the time may come.