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Kids React Differently When a Beloved Pet Dies

Pets frequently live at the center of a family’s life and when they die, it can be very hard for everyone in the family, but especially for the kids.

In our society “how children understand death in these moments, and the ideas, feelings and responses they have when their pets die are largely ignored topics,” said Joshua Russell, an assistant professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation at Canisius College, in Buffalo, N.Y.

“His interviews with children aged 6 to 13 whose pets had died revealed that youngsters regard pets as more than just animals.”

“They often see themselves as the center of their pets’ affections. They describe their pets as siblings or best friends with whom they have strong connections,” Russell said in a college news release.”

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