What to say when a child is grieving

a guest post from Lori Orlinsky

Thank you, Lori, for sharing your thoughts on how we might respond when our little ones are in pain.

When we lost our cat, Tiger, our daughters were five and two. They didn’t understand what was happening. All they knew is that Tiger went to the vet because she was sick and wouldn’t be coming home. As a parent, I always have something to say to my kids. But in this instance, I found myself at a complete loss for words. I think that’s OK. As parents, sometimes the best thing we can do is listen, validate their feelings, and try to help them make sense of the situation. Even if we don’t have the answers, we should encourage our children to talk about their feelings and ask questions. We can also reassure our children that they provided a loving home for their pet, and that their pets will live on forever in their hearts. And our children will live on forever in our pets’ hearts, too.  

How can children begin to heal after losing a pet? Balloons for Tiger takes an imaginative look at this tough topic as colorful balloons travel from the hands of children to their beloved cat who has passed on. This book lets children open up their hearts and imaginations for a magical journey to the farthest corners of the world, where they’ll meet skydivers, astronauts, superheroes, and everything in between. As they watch the balloons voyage to the other side of the rainbow bridge, they learn to positively process their grief. Balloons for Tiger is a great tool for any child who has experienced the loss of a pet- or any other loved one, too.

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Meet the Author:

Lori Orlinsky is a multi-award-winning children’s book author who lives in Chicago. She was inspired to tell this story after her family experienced the loss of their beloved eighteen-year-old cat, Tiger. Unable to find books about pet loss to help her young kids cope with their grief, Lori wrote Balloons for Tiger. She hopes this book will help others, too.

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