One of our guinea pigs recently died. My three children (8,7,3) all got a chance to see the guinea pig before burial. We made a little remembrance card as well, with a photo and the date of birth/death and a few words. We did the same for the rabbit.
It's a good importunately to teach children about death.
Dds lost their grandad a few months ago so have 'learnt' about death in a much harder way. I might get older dds to help me dig a hole when they come home but wait for dd3 before burying. I just know she will want to see the body (its in a shoebox at the mo) and didn't know if that's a bit gruesome.
Awww so sorry. We've had 2 piggies & a rabbit die over the years and it is never easy. If you can, dig the hole in advance. One of our piggies died in the summer & the ground was rock hard & I just couldn't get the spade in. Made the mistake of doing it in the morning with the DCs howling in the background. Took forever to dig & was pure torture. Hopefully the ground will be nice and soft after all the rain & you won't have the same problem.
Oh poor you - hope your daughter will be OK. We had little funerals for all of ours, I put them in a shoe box full of hay, so it looked like they were just asleep and the kids put in little bits of food as well. Quite right about preparing the ground in advance, you can give her the option of whether she wants to see guinea before it is buried. - She is still very young so it might upset her - We put special stones on the top to mark the place ( pebbles from the beach) - and when they were smaller the kids did write little poems/drawings, anything that is a personal memory does help I think. Good luck.
Very when a pet passes away. But you're right to get all your DC involved (my DD was about 4 IIRC when the cat was PTS - maybe younger). DD and her big brother helped bury the cat which helped them alot with the finality of it. Extra cuddles for the other pigs tonight.
Older 2 still keep crying periodically. Which is completely understandable.
Dd3 wanted to look in the box, but I had said no cos I didn't want it to haunt her. When I turned my back to get the trowel she lifted the lid. Now she is insistent that she's just sleeping or she's just 'playing dead'.