Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery  & Crematory
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Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory is a full service perpetual care cemetery. We provide pick-up, in-house cremation or burial preparations, memorials and more.

Dealing with the Loss of a Beloved Dog

Pets spend their lives devoted to their owners, and it may be devastating to experience the loss of your dear companion. This video offers some tips to help you cope with this loss and remember your lost pet.

Remember that your dog will always live on in your memory and through precious keepsakes such as photos, collars, and leashes. You should also recognize that it is normal to go through a grieving period, so it is helpful to let yourself work through the natural emotions that tend to accompany loss.

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory can offer the support and burial services you will need when you have lost a pet. You can connect with us on our website or call us at (817) 478-6696 to explore our services. 

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Helping Your Other Pets Deal with a Loss In the Pack

If you have multiple dogs or cats, you may see that they too are affected emotionally and physically by the loss of a furry companion. Dogs are particularly prone to grief, but it is possible to help guide them through loss as you cope with your own feelings of sadness and grief. Read on to learn what you can do to keep your dog healthy after the loss of another family pet. 

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Knowing what to expect
When a dog is grieving, he or she may be slow to respond to human interaction and reluctant to eat. These changes should only last a short time, however, you may need to consult a veterinarian if your pet is showing signs of depression long after another pet has passed.

Providing comfort
While your pet is in mourning, you might provide comfort by maintaining a normal routine at home. If you try to nurture your dog by spoiling him with treats or offering more attention during mealtime, you could create bad habits that stick in the future. Dogs are highly responsive to consistency, so you will want to keep the same feeding and walking schedule as before. In some cases it can be helpful for a dog to see the deceased pet before burial or cremation so that he or she is more aware of what has happened.

Recovering together
As you begin to accept the loss of your pet, you might use activities such as walks or play time to bond with your other dog and get some healthy exercise for yourself. Physical activity is beneficial for dogs and humans alike, and it is a great way to relieve the stress of loss and keep yourself in positive spirits. You might consider getting another dog in the future, but you should weigh this decision carefully. It may take a few months or even years before you and your pet are ready to welcome a new addition to the home.

For compassionate professional guidance and burial services for your loyal pets, connect with Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory. You can contact us on our website or call us at (817) 478-6696. 

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A Look at the Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery

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At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery, we're dedicated to providing Fort Worth-area pet owners with a calm, welcoming, and serene place to lay their beloved pets to rest. Our pet cemetery was started and is currently run by pet owners Jim and Nancy Garrison, with the help of their extended family, including cats Scooter, Sidney, and Siren. For 10 years we have offered state-of-the-art facilities and compassionate services, including pickup from homes and clinics, communal cremations, and visitation and funeral arrangement.

Another one of the many advantages of choosing Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory is that we provide a large selection of urns, caskets, and markers for you to choose from. We understand that just like people, each pet is unique and therefore deserves a burial that fits his or her character. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you honor your pet after death, then visit us today or call (817) 478-6696.

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Preparing for the Loss of a Beloved Pet

Whether you're the proud owner of a pet dog, cat, horse, or hamster, the impact that your furry friend has on your life can't easily be summed up in words. Here at your Fort Worth pet cemetery, we understand just how meaningful your pet is to you, and we are here to offer support when it comes time to say goodbye. Here is a look at how you can prepare for the loss of a beloved pet:

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Consider Your Pet Burial and Cremation Options
While it may not be the most enjoyable activity, you need to sit down with family and friends and discuss what you would like to do with your pet's remains after she has passed. The two most popular options are pet burial and pet cremation. The decision should reflect how you feel about both cremation and burial services while also incorporating the thoughts and feelings of loved ones who cared about your pet.

Choose a Pet Cemetery Before You Say Goodbye
When preparing for the loss of a pet, another helpful step is to find a pet cemetery in which to lay your pet to rest. Look for a pet cemetery that offers a beautiful setting, support from a caring staff, and plenty of pet burial or pet cremation options.

Think of Creative Ways to Honor Your Pet's Life
In the days preceding and following your pet's passing, you can take a large burden off your shoulders by thinking of creative and personal ways to honor her life. There are a number of things you can do to express your gratitude and love, including holding a memorial service with family or friends or selecting a casket or urn that fits her unique personality and disposition.

If you could use guidance following or preceding the loss of a pet, come visit Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory today. Our Fort Worth, TX pet cemetery offers a variety of ways to honor your pet and to lay her to rest with dignity. Call (817) 478-6696 to find out which of our services is right for you and your pet.

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Finding Peace When Your Pet Dies

For pet owners, there is no moment more difficult than the final goodbye. If you've recently had to say goodbye to your best friend, then it's important that you take time during the grieving process to remember how much love your pet brought to your life.

As a pet owner, you should feel a great sense of pride in the joy and happiness that you brought to your pet's life. Although each pet will eventually have to leave your side, you can feel blessed knowing that during your time together, you made one another's lives richer. Watch this video from more information.

Here at Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, our caring staff is always available to assist you both before and after the loss of a beloved pet. To learn more about our services, call us today at (817) 478-6696.  

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Knowing When to Say Goodbye to Your Pet

As a pet owner, one of the most difficult decisions you will ever have to make is when to cease your animal's suffering by putting him down. As hard as it may be to see your pet ill or in pain, the thought of losing your furry friend for good can be even more heartbreaking. Here is a guide to knowing when it’s time to say goodbye to your pet:

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Picking Up on Out-of-Character Behavior
For many pet owners who have gone through the traumatic experience of putting a pet to sleep, one of the biggest reasons for doing so was that the pet simply stopped acting like himself. If your aging pet no longer seems alert, energetic, willing to eat, or is frequently having accidents around the home, then it's time to speak to a veterinarian about your pet’s quality of life and future well-being.

Evaluating Your Pet's Level of Comfort
Another sign that it may be time to discuss humane euthanasia is obvious pain or discomfort. Often, elderly pets who refuse to eat do so because of an underlying condition that is causing them discomfort, such as kidney failure or cancer.  If your pet is experiencing pain or is suffering, then it is your responsibility as his owner and companion to put that suffering to an end in a humane manner.

Consulting a Vet
While it may be a difficult conversation to start with your veterinarian, it's important that you be open and honest with your pet's doctor about your concerns. Resist the temptation to make the situation appear better than it is for the sake of keeping your pet around longer. Your pet will depend on you to make the best decision possible for his wellbeing—even if that decision is to put him down and spare him further pain.

At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we don't think pet owners should have to go through this difficult process alone. That's why our pet cremation and pet burial professionals make it their job to ensure that each client receives the support and guidance he or she needs to honor a pet's life. To learn more about our Fort Worth, TX pet cemetery, call (817) 478-6696 today.

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Choosing an Urn for Your Pet's Remains

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Preserving the ashes of a beloved pet inside an urn can keep his memory alive and provide closure. However, there are factors to consider when choosing purchasing an urn, included but not limited to size, cost, design, and what you plan to do with the ashes. Read on to learn more about the urn options offered by Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory.

For purely decorative purposes, an elaborate design or brushed metal finish can provide a tasteful addition to interior or exterior décor. Alternatively, a wood urn or box can also provide an understated yet dignified resting place for your pet. A figurine or photo urn can provide a personalized touch to your loved one’s memorial and preserve fond memories.

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory has been serving the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for over 10 years, and our tranquil grounds can provide a peaceful resting place for your pet. We provide a wide range of pet memorial and burial services, including pre-need planning. Call (817) 478-6696 today to request more information.

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Planning a Tasteful Memorial Service for Your Pet

Finding a way to honor a loyal friend that has passed away is daunting for many pet owners. Additionally, the emotional stress of coping with a significant loss and time constraints can make it even more difficult to handle the logistics of the funeral or memorial service. Consider these simple guidelines from Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory to make the bereavement process simpler:

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Sharing Memories
Grieving is an ongoing process that affects everyone differently. It is important to acknowledge the love and fond memories that your beloved pet left with each member of the family. Many owners find it helpful to collect favorite toys and to say a few words at the memorial; “The Rainbow Bridge” is a popular pet memorial poem.

Coordinating a Formal Service
A memorial service can range from something as simple as a private gathering in a backyard to a full burial or ash spreading ceremony. Be aware that not all crematoriums offer complete on-site funeral services, so coordinate the details as soon as possible to avoid any confusion. Pre-need planning or professional assistance can address items such as decorations, music, pictures, and speakers.

Planning Body Care
Depending on whether you cremate or bury the remains, you will have to choose from a selection of caskets, urns, and memorial markers to preserve your pet’s memory. Common options for body care include cremation or burial in a yard or pet cemetery; be sure to check if there are any local restrictions regarding burial if you plan to hold a service on private property.

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory has been serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area for over 10 years. From pick-up to body care to memorial services, we can help you pay your respects to your family friend in a dignified and respectful manner. Follow the link to learn more about our services or call (817) 478-6696 with any questions.

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How to Explain Pet Loss to Your Child

When children form a strong bond with a family pet, the feelings of loss after the pet passes away can be overwhelming. This short video discusses a few common tactics for explaining the loss of a pet to a child and helping him cope in an emotionally healthy manner.

A formal ceremony is a common way to recognize feelings of loss and provide a sense of closure. The complexity of pet memorial ceremonies varies between different households; at least recognizing the pet as an important part of the family can help children address feelings of loss and help with the healing process.

The staff at Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory understands the difficulty of losing a beloved family friend.  We offer a wide range of in-house pet memorial services to bid your pet goodbye in a dignified and respectful manner. Contact us online or call (817) 478-6696 with any questions about our services in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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How Pet Memorials Can Help Children Cope with Losing Pets

After a pet passes away, he can leave a significant void in children’s lives. However, learning to positively cope with grief is a valuable life skill. Although it can be difficult to plan a pet memorial while coping with the emotional loss of a close family friend, a formal service can serve a valuable purpose in the grieving process. Read on to learn how a pet memorial can help children:

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Comprehending Death
Young children may find it difficult to understand death as an irreversible event. Children can easily misinterpret “death” as the pet running away or staying somewhere else—particularly if well-intentioned friends or family use euphemisms such as “being put to sleep” or “passing on.” A misunderstanding that the pet ran away or that the parents intentionally separated the pet from the family can result in feelings of resentment or betrayal. A memorial service can provide the groundwork for understanding that death is a natural part of life.

Understanding the Cause of Death
A pet memorial can provide children with an explanation of why their close friend is suddenly no longer around. Grief frequently does not always occur immediately after death and dissipate within a few days; it is a complex process that can vary in intensity over days, weeks, months, or even years. Taking the time to understand the cause of death can provide children with the information they need to healthily address negative feelings in the future.

Validating Profound Feelings
A child’s feelings of loss are as profound as any adult’s, but children may understandably have trouble processing these feelings. Children may feel confused or resentful if adults do not openly express grief over the family pet. A pet memorial service is an opportunity to formally recognize how much the pet meant to the entire family and help children understand that their sadness is only natural.

At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we understand the difficulty of bidding farewell to a precious member of the family. That’s why we’ve committed ourselves to providing compassionate and personalized end-of-life pet services throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area for over 10 years. Visit us online to see our beautiful grounds or call (817) 478-6696 today for more information.

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