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Death is very frightening and confusing for most children. The loss of a family pet is often a child’s first experience with death. Whether it’s a dog, cat, or even a goldfish, losing an animal can be traumatic, leaving youngsters afraid and confused. Though the death of a family pet is an understandably painful experience, it can provide an opportunity to give a child positive grief-coping skills that they will carry throughout life.

Every child is different. There is no one right way to explain death to a child. However, there are some guidelines that can help you make this experience as positive as possible:

Be Honest

As the saying goes, when talking to a child about the death of a pet, honesty is the best policy. Though it may be tempting to shield a child from the loss by telling them that Sparky is living his life out on a farm in the country, explanations such as these only cause confusion. Eventually the child will discover the truth, which can lead to mistrust. As plainly as possible, explain to your child that pet’s don’t live forever and that this was his or her time.

Be Mindful of Your Language

Children will use their own experiences to define what death means to them. Be mindful not to say things that might elicit fear. Explanations such as “Sparky went to sleep and never woke up” may seem to lessen the blow, but a child may worry that he or she won’t wake up the next time they go to sleep. In as plain English as possible, explain that animals have a much shorter lifespan than people. Talk about the illness or age of the deceased pet and explain that he or she no longer has to experience pain.

Provide Rituals to Say Goodbye to the Deceased Pet

Honoring your child’s deceased pet is an important part of the healing process. Ask your children how they would like to honor their pet. Whether it’s an informal service in your backyard, or a formal pet memorial service, providing a forum for your child to verbalize his/her feelings about the pet can go a long way towards healing.

Pain and confusion is an unavoidable reality when talking to kids about pet loss. However, when handled with delicate honesty it can benefit your children in the long run. At Entrusted Pet of Phoenix, Arizona, we focus on creating a positive experience for families whose pets have passed. To learn more, please give us a call at 602-430-6866 or visit us online to learn more:


The human-animal bond can be as powerful as many of our most important human relationships. Our pets are dependent on us for food, healthcare, entertainment and affection. In many ways, we are just as dependent on them for companionship and unconditional love. They are our best friends and our family. Just like losing a family member, the loss of a pet can be emotionally devastating. When a pet passes, it’s vital to have a place to bring them that will honor that bond by treating pet lovers with care and respect. That’s what we do at Entrusted Pets.

Entrusted Pets was founded in 2004 by Marlo Hardy and Joe Ashford. At the time, Marlo and Joe were both serving as managing directors for our primary business, Messinger Mortuary. They started Entrusted Pets as a side business, recognizing the limited options available for pet lovers to honor the lives of deceased pets. Marlo and Joe were getting closer to retirement age, and decided it was time to slow down a bit, so we purchased the business from them in November of 2014. Since then, we’ve established Entrusted Pets as an independent business and we are the first pet mortuary in the state of Arizona.

Though the mortuary business for pets is markedly different, the emotions associated with loss are very much the same. For 52 years, we’ve been working to bring peace and comfort to families facing their darkest hours. Our services provide comfort to people in mourning as well as a dignified way for them to process their grief. The pain experienced over the loss of a pet is no different, and we approach these relationships with the same care, grace, and understanding that we do with human loss.

At Entrusted Pets, we offer a variety of pet cremation and memorial services that are tailored to the needs of you and your family. We also partner with Gentle Journey for those interested in having euthanasia services carried out in the comfort of their own home. It’s our ultimate mission to help you honor the relationship you shared with your beloved pet. To learn more about our services, give us a call at 602-430-6866 or visit us online.

Caring for our loving pets is a responsibility we accept because of the unconditional love we receive from them every day. At Entrusted Pets, Inc., by Messinger Mortuaries, our caring and sympathetic staff are dedicated to giving you and your beloved pet exceptional care during your final farewell.

Entrusting someone with the responsibility to care for the cremation of your pet is not an easy decision. We understand and want you to know that we treat every pet as if they were our own.