Helping a child with #autism cope with loss

Helping a child with #autism cope with loss

How do you explain death to a young child with #Autism?

Rouge, my very first dog is going to be put down today. Elliott and Emmett were really close to her and so we felt that we should give them the chance to say goodbye. 

Emmett doesn’t understand but Elliott, poor Elliott is devastated.

I’m trying to comfort him as best I can.

Please keep her and Elliott in your thoughts and prayers. 


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Indy, our husky mix, was my baby before my son was born….she was so protective of him.  She would let anyone into his room when we brought him home but me, not even his dad…lol.  We lost her to a massive previously unknown and then untreatable infection a few months ago.   My son being only 4 1/2 still doesn’t really understand.  This might help him at least a little bit….
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…. 
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