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Making the Decision to Euthanize Your Pet: How to Cope with the Aftermath

Euthanasia is a generous act of compassion and one last gesture of kindness that you can show your sick pet, but that doesn’t make the decision any easier. After the loss of a pet through euthanasia, it is common to deal with grief and guilt at the same time. If you are facing the decision of euthanizing your pet or have already been through the process, here are some tips to help you cope with the aftermath.

Be Honest About Your Pet’s Health

No vet recommends euthanasia lightly, but after it has happened, many pet parents second-guess their decisions. Instead of thinking about the what ifs, force yourself to take a realistic assessment of your pet’s health and wellbeing. If you euthanized your pet, then you saved a very sick animal from needless suffering. Your vet would not have euthanized your pet if it wasn’t in your animal’s best interest, so feel confident that you made a fair assessment of his or her health when you decide to follow through with euthanasia.

Focus on the Good

Euthanasia is not a preference for pet families. It is instead one of the hardest things they will ever do. The reason that they do it is because they loved their pets. Focus on the selflessness of euthanasia rather than any feelings of guilt you may have. If you need help understanding why this option was best for your pet after the fact, talk to the veterinarian, who can remind you why your act was a gesture of love.

Understand What Euthanasia Really Is

Euthanasia isn’t about ending a life. Instead, it’s about ending artificial methods of extending a life. If your vet recommends euthanasia, then your only other option would be putting your pet through painful interventions to extend his or her life for a period of time, not to save it.

No matter how you lose your beloved pet, pet deaths are hard. Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory will help you navigate the decisions about what to do next, including choosing between burial and cremation. Learn more about pet funerals in Dallas, including funeral preplanning, by calling us at (682) 587-2324.

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What to Do When Your Pet Passes Away After Hours

There’s never a good time to lose your faithful companion. Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory knows that nothing can make up for the loss of a pet, but we hope that our compassionate, sensitive care will give your family some comfort. If your furry friend passes away when our pet crematory is closed, you have a few options. If your vet agrees, you may decide to entrust your pet to his or her care until we arrive.

Or, you can contact one of the emergency vet clinics we’ve made arrangements with. Animal Emergency Hospital of Mansfield and Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas will hold your pet until we pick him or her up. You might prefer to keep your pet at home with you. We recommend keeping your pet in a cool place, and leaving us a voicemail if you’d like someone to come over and pick up your pet. Otherwise, you can bring your pet to us when we’re open.

You can call our pet crematory in Dallas, Texas at (682) 587-2324 to make arrangements for your pet’s burial. Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory is a family-owned and operated establishment that cares for each animal brought to us as if they were our own.

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How Diabetes Affects Cats and Dogs

It’s an unfortunate fact of being a pet parent that your dog or cat won’t live as long as you wish. But with good medical care, nutrition, and exercise, you can reduce the risk of a premature pet death from diabetes. Diabetes is all too common in cats and dogs, and it’s often not diagnosed until it’s already inflicted widespread damage. You can learn how diabetes develops when you watch this featured video.

In pets, as well as in humans, some of the earliest signs of diabetes can include an increase in thirst, hunger, and urination, and unexplained weight loss. Animals are more susceptible to urinary tract infections, and they may have accidents indoors.

The compassionate staff at Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory understands how difficult the anticipated loss of a pet is. Call (682) 587-2324 to discuss pre-need pet burials in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Dispelling Myths About Grieving Your Pet

It’s difficult to accurately define grief, as everyone experiences it a little differently. Because grief is so personal, there is no right or wrong way to experience it or cope with it. This is just as true regarding grief after a pet’s death as it is for grief after a human’s death. No one but you will ever know exactly how you feel, so don’t let anyone tell you how you should grieve.

Myth: It’s easier to get over the loss of a pet than a human.

In some ways, it can be harder to move forward after a pet’s loss. Your pet was your faithful companion every day. He or she gave you unconditional love and affection, and the bond between you and your pet was indescribably strong. Now that your companion is gone, you may feel as though part of your soul has died, too. Grieving intensely for the loss of a pet is natural, as it’s reflective of your love for him or her.

Myth: It’s silly to take time off from work to grieve.

Not everyone will understand the depth of your sorrow, but this doesn’t mean you should force yourself to return to work immediately. At the very least, you should give yourself time to visit the pet cemetery and say goodbye. When you’re ready to get back to work, you may find that the distraction helps you get through the day.

Myth: Adopting again would be impossible.

You shouldn’t feel pressured to adopt again, but don’t assume that you should never do so. Some people need time to heal before letting another animal into their hearts and homes. Others find that getting to know and love a new bundle of fur is a welcome distraction from their grief. The decision is yours to make, and any decision that you make will be the right one.

At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we genuinely understand how difficult it is to lose a furry family member. We welcome families to visit our pet cemetery in Fort Worth, Texas, which is open seven days per week. Call (682) 587-2324 and let us know how we can support your family after your pet’s death.

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Dealing with the Unexpected Death of a Pet

For the brief time that an animal is in your life, he or she gives you happiness and unconditional love. There’s no time to mentally prepare yourself for your friend’s loss when the death occurs unexpectedly. It can be especially difficult to move forward from a pet’s death when you question whether it could have been prevented. Give yourself the time you need to heal, and take solace in the company of others who understand the depth of your loss.

Coping with Self-Blame and Guilt

It’s common for pet parents to blame themselves after the unexpected loss of a pet. This is natural, because you loved your faithful companion. It’s because of your love for your pet that you should be able to acknowledge that you would have done things differently, had you been able to foresee the tragic consequence. In other words, it wasn’t your fault. There is no way to know when a reckless driver will run over a pet, or when an animal’s sleepiness indicates a health problem. You did the best you could for your companion, but sometimes, things happen that are out of your control.

Writing a Letter to Your Pet

There are many ways you can memorialize your pet, such as by selecting a personalized headstone to mark the final resting place at the pet cemetery. You could also write a letter to your pet to express how you feel. Write about your happiest memories of your pet, and thank him or her for being part of your family.

Giving Yourself Time to Heal

Accept that the grieving process is on its own schedule. You’ll always miss your pet, but there may come a time when you’re ready to adopt again. Remind yourself that your beloved companion would have wanted you to give another animal a loving home.

The compassionate staff at Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory would like to extend our sincere condolences to your family for the loss of your beloved pet. We understand what it means to love and lose an animal, which is why so many pet parents choose our pet cemetery in Arlington, Texas. Call (682) 587-2324 to speak with an understanding staff member about your pet’s funeral.

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Get the Facts about FeLV

FeLV, or feline leukemia, is a relatively common, contagious virus that affects cats exclusively. It cannot be spread to your family members or other non-cat pets. The way FeLV affects cats varies, but if your cat is diagnosed, there are things you can do to help your pet live a healthier life.

Watch this video to learn more about FeLV. Some cats with FeLV don’t display any symptoms, and the virus remains dormant for their entire lives. Other cats may have severe, life-threatening symptoms. Your vet can help you help your cat maintain the best health possible if he or she is diagnosed with this condition.

If your pet becomes ill and it is time to say goodbye, Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory is here to help by providing you options for pet burials, cremations, and funerals. After the loss of a pet in Dallas, Arlington, or Fort Worth, call us at (682) 587-2324.

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Considering Pre-Need Planning for Your Pet's Burial

Many families don’t consider how they will deal with their pet’s burial until their beloved animal passes away. However, waiting until the time of your pet’s death to make decisions like these can make a difficult time even more trying. That is why more and more pet parents are looking to pre-planning for their pet’s burial as a solution.

Pre-planning lets you make decisions now about pet burial or cremation as well as the kind of pet funeral or memorial you may wish to have. Doing so gives you the opportunity to make these choices when you’re not grieving your pet’s death, so you can think more clearly about your options. Pre-planning also helps you prepare for pet burial or cremation costs.

If you’re interested in pre-planning for your pet’s burial in the Dallas, Arlington, and Fort Worth areas, contact Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory. We can help you explore your options even if you ultimately decide you’re not ready to make a plan. Contact us today at (682) 587-2324.

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Tips for Talking to Your Kids After the Loss of a Pet

After the loss of a pet, one of the most difficult things many parents will have to face is talking to their kids about the death. This conversation can be intensified if parents had to make the decision to euthanize the pet. When you’re coping with a pet death yourself and are trying to make decisions about burial and cremation, having these conversations with your children can seem overwhelming, but they are a necessary part of healing for everyone. This advice will help.

Be Honest

Attempting to cushion the devastating nature of the news by using euphemisms will only have the opposite effect on your child. If you say things like your pet went to sleep rather than saying that your pet died, your children may misunderstand and think that your pet will be returning soon. Using words like sleep instead of death can also cause fear and confusion. Your kids may worry that they will die when they go to sleep or that you will die when you are sleeping. Use the appropriate words and be straightforward to prevent these issues.

Don’t Hide from Euthanasia

If it was necessary to euthanize your dog, be up-front with your children about the process. For very young children, you may wish to avoid the details, but older children can understand how the process is performed and why it was the right decision for your pet. It can helpful to allow your veterinarian to answer some questions for older children. Consider allowing older children to be present during the process, if they wish.

Show Your Grief

Let your children see that you are grieving, and welcome them to show their own feelings. Be available for ongoing conversations about your pet’s death. Younger children in particular may have more questions as they process the loss. Talk about how much your pet meant to everyone in your family, so your children know that they are not the only ones grieving.

Planning a pet funeral or memorial with Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory can also be part of your family’s healing process. Let us help your family after the loss of a pet in Dallas, Arlington, and Fort Worth by calling us at (682) 587-2324.

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Grieving a Pet: When Is It Time to Consider a New Animal?

The loss of a pet is a traumatic experience for the whole family. After you deal with the immediate issues of pet burial and cremation, you may wonder when you should turn your attention to getting a new pet. Although there is no timeline that is right for everyone, there are some things you can keep in mind that will help you determine if now is the right time for you to consider adding a new pet to your family. This advice will help you make the choice.

Don’t Rush

Although it may be tempting to get a new pet as soon as possible in the hopes of easing your grief, the decision to get a new pet is not one to take lightly. Getting a new pet won’t stop you from the grieving the one you have lost, and it’s not fair to expect a new animal to fulfill the role your last pet did. Rushing into a new pet will ultimately make you feel your loss even more, and it could be harmful to the animal you get.

Talk to Everyone in Your Household

Everyone who lived with your pet suffered his or her loss, and everyone’s recovery timetable will be different. If you feel like you are ready for a new pet, your family members may not be. Consider everyone’s feelings and wait until everyone is ready to bond with a new pet before getting one. You could inadvertently create a negative impact on your family’s grieving process and may make it difficult for some of your family to bond with the new animal.

Spend Time with Other Animals

If you’re not sure if you’re ready to have another pet, spend time volunteering at an animal shelter, fostering a pet, or visiting with other people’s pets. You will get an indication from your reaction to interacting with other animals whether you are ready to open your heart to a new pet.

At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we know how painful it is to lose a pet, and our services are designed to ease your grief as much as possible. Talk to one of our caring staff members about your options for pet cremation and burial in Dallas, Arlington, and Fort Worth. For more information about our services, please call (682) 587-2324.

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