Youth Project Helps Children Cope with the Loss of a Pet
by Jason Merrihew
Finding a silver lining in a dark storm cloud can be extremely difficult. Often times, the passing of a beloved pet is the first time a child has to deal with death. Unfortunately, this is something that most children will have to face. When Liz Hauser, daughter of veterinarian, Wendy Hauser, loss her beloved Bubba, she was heartbroken.
In 2010, Liz was selected by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development to serve in their inaugural class of Davidson Young Scholar Young Ambassadors. The 17-month long program dedicated a consultant to each Young Ambassador to help them facilitate their service projects. When thinking about her service project, she thought of her beloved companion, Bubba.
The memory of Bubba gave her the inspiration to develop a project that dealt with the grieving process. In interviewing pet loss specialists and from personal experience, it became quickly apparent that material from a child’s perspective did not exist. Liz felt that such a video would be helpful to heartbroken children and their families.
If you know of a young child dealing with the pain of losing a pet, I recommend forwarding Liz's video. Her silver lining may help that child see sunshine through his dark clouds.
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