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Loss of a Pet

"Animal lovers are a special breed of humans, generous of spirit, full of empathy, perhaps a little
prone to sentimentality and with hearts as big as a cloudless sky"
~ John Grogan

Inspirational Messages
I’m sorry to hear about your loss. That must have taken a lot of soul searching to make the decision to put Chase to sleep and I hope, in time, you are able to heal.  V.F.
I was saddened to hear of the new of your kitten passing.  I'm sorry that his life was cut short, but glad that you were able to make his last week more comfortable.  Although he didn't make it, you gave him a chance to fight.  You also gave him the comfort of companionship and warmth in his final days.  Thank you for giving the little guy a fighting chance.  We appreciate your compassion and we will remember his spirit.  So sorry for your loss.  EK

We were saddened to hear of Panther's passing. You gave him companionship, comfort and warmth throughout his life. We will remember his joyful spirit. We are so sorry for your loss."

How to Support Someone that is Grieving the Loss of a Pet

  • ö Listen Without Judgment.
    Today, pets play an important part in the lives of their owners and their loss can be very painful. If you are a non-pet person, you may think it is strange that your friend is expressing such deep feelings for the loss of their pet. But if you take the time to listen, you will most likely find that their pet was their companion and friend.
  • ö Acknowledge the Loss. Understand that the loss of a pet can be significant and should not be disregarded as inconsequential. Acknowledging their loss and extending your sympathy can bring comfort to your friend. Send a card or give them a call to let them know you understand that this is an important loss in their life.
  • ö Don't be Afraid to talk about the animal. Sharing stories about a beloved pet that has passed away is a normal and a therapeutic way to heal. Allow your friend to talk about their memories and don't be afraid to mention the animal's name or share your own fond memories of the pet.
  • ö Give a Hug. A simple hug can go a long way. When my cat Harley passed away a few years ago, I remember becoming very emotional one morning. My niece, who saw that I was upset, came up to me and gave me a generous hug. I was grateful that she was willing to be there for me in a loving way.

What Not to Say to Someone Who has Lost a Pet

ö Don't be sad, you can always get another pet.

  • ö It is just a pet, why are you so upset?
  • ö I can't believe you spent so much money on treatment for your pet.
  • ö It has been a couple of weeks, why are you still upset?
  • ö Why would you spend money to have your pet cremated and put in an Urn, the Vet can just take care of it for you for free.
ö And a special note to the non-pet lovers... we ask you to remember that your friends that love the furry creatures of the world may be experiencing a loss without their pet. Kind words and your thoughtfulness during the grieving process are always appreciated.
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Grief Support Books

Recover From The Grief Of Pet Loss

How To Emotionally Cope With The Death Or Loss Of A Pet.


How to Say It® When You Don't Know What to Say:
Pet Loss [Kindle Edition]

Robbie Miller Kaplan
Sympathy Gift Ideas

Pawprints Memorial Pet Tag Frame - Pawprints Left By You
Pet Breed Memorial Stone - Cat

Pet Breed Memorial Stone

Pet Urns for Ashes
custom pet art and portraits
Pet Sympathy Quotes & Poems

The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge that connects Heaven and Earth. It is called Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. On this side there are meadows, hills, and valleys with lush green grass for all our special friends so they can run and play together.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There is always plenty of food, water, and sunshine and warm spring weather. The old and frail animals are young again. Those who are maimed or abused are made whole again. They play all day with each other.

There is only one thing missing. They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth. Each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up! The nose twitches! The ears go up! The eyes stare brightly! And this one suddenly runs from the group!

You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet, you take him or her in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.

Author Unknown

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