Pet Loss Support


Pet Loss Support


Amazing Ways to Remember Your Pet

 

  • Host a memorial - Encourage your friends and family members to join you in a celebration of your pet's life. Gather your favorite pictures and memories of your beloved friend and share them with those who attend. Allow others to tell stories of good times with your pet. Remember, you determine the tone of this even but don't be surprised if it takes on a life of its own.
  • Journal your feelings - It doesn't matter if you are an exceptional writer. Sometimes writing out your thoughts can be extremely cathartic. Create a poem or story about your pet and how they affected your life or write a letter to them to tell them how much they meant to you. Sometimes looking at things from your pet's perspective can be a healthy way to deal with your grief - Try writing a story about their life from their perspective.
  • Create new life - Allow your pet's life and memory to live on in growth. Living memorials can be a great way to do that. Plant a tree or flower that will remind you of them as it grows and flourishes.
  • Make a memory album - Take your favorite pictures or small tokens belonging to your pet and create a memory album or a shadow box.
  • Keep or spread your pet's ashes - The options in this regard are limitless. Beautiful urns, cremation jewelry, and memorial stones are available to help you display your pet's remains. Choosing a place to bury or spread the remains can also be a great option. Find a place that reminds you of your pet or is meaningful to you and perhaps hold a memorial service there.

 

Helping Children Cope with Pet Loss

 

Talking to your children about the death of a beloved pet can be difficult. How much do we tell them? How truthful should we be? How much can they handle? These are questions that most parents discover they are unprepared for. We want to help you do the right thing and help you make decisions that will be healthy for you and your children long-term.

The company that makes the wonderful Clay Paw Prints that we make as a memorial to your pet have dedicated their time and energy to offering resources to pet parents and veterinary professionals. They have a wonderful resource called Kids and grief. This page divides advice into age and stage of life. They also have some great books and ideas to help children memorialize.

Here is some helpful advice for children coping with pet loss.

Our advice to you is to be truthful with your children at a level that is appropriate to their age. When we make up stories about where their beloved pet went or lie to them about what happened, we may spare them some short-term grief, but eventually, we start to break down the trust in our relationships with them. Children need to know that they can trust their parents and this is an important time for them. If you ask nearly any adult about their favorite childhood pet, you will often hear the story of their passing. This is often a defining moment in a person's life. If handled with truth, dignity, and support, the loss of a family pet can be a lesson in how to properly grieve and handle loss for the rest of a child's life. We urge you to use the resources provided to help in handling your grief first. Think of the instructions you get on a plane...Grab your oxygen mask first before you offer it to your children. Make sure you are okay and dealing with your grief before you try to determine how to help your children. Be intentional about your approach and remember, it is okay to be sad.

 

Additional Resources

Below you will find resources to help you in your time of need.

The University of Florida offers a Grief Support Hotline plus some articles on coping with pet loss. Tufts University offers a Grief Support Hotline and articles regarding the loss of a pet.

World by the Tail—The makers of the Clay Paw offer a thorough website discussing memorialization and many aspects of pet loss.

Kings Veterinary Hospital

3335 West State Route 22/3

Loveland, OH, 45140


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