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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.

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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What Is Private Cremation?

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At a pet crematory, you may be presented with two options: a private cremation or a communal cremation. If you choose a communal cremation, your pet will be cremated with several other pets and the remains will be buried in a communal grave. If you choose a private cremation, your pet will be cremated alone.

Choosing a private cremation is the only way to ensure that you receive your pet’s remains. If you opt for a private cremation at Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, you can rest assured that a tag with your pet’s information will stay with your pet throughout the cremation process in order to avoid a mix up. If you choose, your pet’s remains may then be placed in a cedar urn with a gold-colored plate, upon which you can engrave your pet’s name and date of passing.

If you have any questions about pet cremation, call Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory at (817) 478-6696. Located in Fort Worth, TX, we provide DFW-area pet owners with a final resting place for their pets.

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When Is It Time to Start Planning Your Pet's Memorial?

It’s difficult to think about your pet’s passing as you take him to the park and watch him run around, or as you give him affection while you watch TV. Still, there will come a time when you must say goodbye to your pet. Though it may be difficult, you should prepare yourself by making the appropriate arrangements for your pet’s passing. Here are a few possible times when you might begin planning your pet’s memorial:

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As Soon As Possible
To get the memorial planning out of the way, you might make arrangements with Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory while your pet is still alive and well. While it may be tough to think about your pet’s passing now, you’ll be glad you took care of all the necessary cremation arrangements after you pet passes away. At the very least, you should familiarize yourself with what memorial options your pet cemetery offers.

As Your Pet’s Health Declines
If you’re not ready to think about your pet’s demise, you might wait until your pet’s health starts failing to plan his memorial. While nothing can completely prepare you for your pet’s passing, planning a memorial can at least help you make your peace with the idea. If you plan the memorial during this difficult time, you’ll have a special ceremony prepared for when the time comes. 

After Your Pet Passes
Some people don’t even start thinking about their pet’s memorial until after their pet has passed away. You may not realize how much your pet means to you and your family until after he’s gone. If you find it difficult to cope with your grief in the wake of your pet’s death, you might seek closure with a moving memorial.

When you’re ready to start planning your pet’s memorial, call Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory at (817) 478-6696. We offer pet cremation, pet burials, and several other services that can help you and your family cope with the loss of your loved one. Call our Fort Worth office at (817) 478-6696 or visit our website to contact one of our respectful and knowledgeable cemetery staff members.

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Knowing When It's Time to Let Go of Your Pet

As a pet owner, saying goodbye to your beloved friend is the most difficult thing you’ll ever do. Still, it’s your responsibility to recognize when it’s time to end your pet’s suffering and make a humane decision.

In this video, veterinarian Dr. Lawrence McAfee discusses when to let your pet go. Euthanasia is often the best option after your pet suffers a stroke, enters a coma, or becomes paralyzed. You might also have that difficult conversation with your veterinarian if your pet can no longer walk, if he doesn’t appear cognizant, or if he stands with his head in the corner of the room.

If the time has come to say goodbye to your pet, you can honor your beloved friend with help from Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory. Call our Fort Worth office at (817) 478-6696 to learn more about our pet cremation services.

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Strategies for Coping with Feelings of Loss When Your Pet Needs to Be Put Down

While your pet is happy and healthy, you should live in the moment and have as much fun as possible. At the same time, it’s important to emotionally prepare yourself for tragedy by recognizing that your pet will eventually pass away. When the time comes to give your pet a humane end, consider the following coping strategies.

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Contemplate Your Responsibility
Many homeowners feel a sense of guilt upon euthanizing their pets. However, it is the responsibility of every pet owner to recognize when his pet’s quality of life has deteriorated past hope of recovery, and to make the tough decision at the right time. If your pet is experiencing great pain, you won’t do him any kindness by keeping him alive. When struggling with the decision to euthanize your pet, ask yourself if you’re keeping your pet alive for his sake or for your own.

Plan a Memorial
Throughout human history, people have dealt with the loss of loved ones with memorial and burial ceremonies. To provide yourself and your family with a sense of closure, consider organizing a memorial, during which you and your loved ones can discuss your happiest memories and say your goodbyes. Letting your emotions out during a memorial service can help you begin the recovery process.

Consider Counseling
For many pet owners, losing a beloved pet is as tough as losing a human friend or family member. You shouldn’t feel guilty about grieving for your pet—if you’re experiencing tough emotions, you should consider working through them with a professional counselor. A counselor may not be able to “cure” you of your sadness, but he can at least help you make your peace with your pet’s passing and find a way forward.

For more help coping with the loss of a beloved pet, contact Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory. Our pet cemetery has the staff, resources, and facilities necessary to honor your pet with cremation and burial. Call our DFW-area office at (817) 478-6696 to learn more about our pet cemetery. 

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How to Select a Casket for Your Pet

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Not everyone can understand the grief that pet owners feel upon losing a beloved pet. Sometimes, the pet owners themselves are even baffled by the depth of their own sadness. Many pet owners find it helpful to say goodbye to their pets by organizing a memorial service and selecting an appropriate casket.

When selecting a casket for your pet, it’s important to think about your pet’s size, your budget, and your own aesthetic preferences. For example, an octagonal casket may be most appropriate for a turtle, while a dog or cat may be better suited to a traditional rectangular casket. You might also select a casket based on what you believe your pet would have wanted, whether it’s a fiberglass casket, a wooden casket, or a casket with velvet lining.

For more help selecting a casket for your pet, contact Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory. We’re dedicated to helping Dallas and Fort Worth-area pet owners say goodbye to their loved ones in the most helpful way possible. Call us at (817) 478-6696 or visit our website if you have any questions.  

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The Stages of Grief You May Experience After Losing a Pet

For untold eons, the passing of loved ones has left survivors with numerous questions and unimaginable grief. In her 1969 book On Death and Dying, Psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross presented a model that we have come to know as “the five stages of grief.” As you cope with the death of your beloved pet, you’ll likely go through some or all of the following stages of grief, though perhaps not in this order:

The five stages of grief

Denial
After your pet is diagnosed a terminal disease, a part of you may insist that the veterinarian made a mistake. After your pet passes, you may deny your own feelings, and insist that you feel fine. If you accept the reality and emotional difficulty of the situation, you should be able to move on from this stage.

Anger
Denial is a kind of armor that people put up in order to more easily cope with tragedy. Once you strip away denial, you might feel anger well to surface. This anger may be directed at your vet, your family members, a higher power, or even yourself. 

Bargaining
After your pet passes away, you’ll find it’s easy to create alternate histories in your head. For example, you might insist that your pet would still be alive if you had sought medical attention sooner, and by so doing, you distance yourself from what actually happened.

Depression
The depression stage is when the death of your beloved pet truly sinks in. During this stage, you might refuse to visit loved ones, and instead sit at home and contemplate the meaning of life. Don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for feeling depressed—it’s a completely natural part of the grieving process.  

Acceptance
The acceptance stage involves the recognition that death is a part of life, and that though your beloved pet has gone, you still have much to live for. Acceptance means learning to live in a new permanent reality, though a part of you will always grieve for your lost pet.

The compassionate professionals of Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory can help you achieve a sense of closure with our pet burial and cremation services. Visit our website for more information or call our Fort Worth office at (817) 478-6696 to speak with a representative

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Advice for Coping with the Loss of a Beloved Pet

Many pet owners are surprised at their own emotions after a pet passes away. If you’ve recently lost a beloved pet, it’s important for you to be honest with your feelings and deal with them in a way that makes to most sense to you.

In this video, Marriage and Family Therapist Tammy Fletcher offers advice for coping with the loss of a pet. She suggests reaching out to other pet owners who have lost their pets for support and understanding. She also touches on how you should break the news to your children.

For more help during the grieving period, call Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory at (817) 478-6696. We provide burial and cremation services for grieving pet owners throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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How to Support Your Pet During His Final Days

As with any other family member, facing the final days of your pet’s life is an enormous challenge. Having time to prepare for your pet’s passing can make the grieving process a little easier, but by no means does it make it easy. As your pet’s best friend and master, the best thing you can do is make his final days as comfortable as possible.

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Be Realistic
When your pet starts showing signs of illness, take him to the vet as soon as possible. Though the diagnosis may be tough, it’s important for you to hear it. You can seek a second opinion if you wish, but at some point you’ll have to accept the fact your pet will pass away eventually. After receiving a tough diagnosis, follow your vet’s care directions as closely as possible. Though it may seem like the best course of action, pretending as if everything is normal could hasten your pet’s passing.

Make Him Comfortable
For years, your pet has provided you with companionship and unconditional love—during his final days, you should make a point of doing the same. Do your best to keep your pet well fed and hydrated—put food in his mouth or use a water dropper if necessary. If your pet can no longer get up, or if he is incontinent, you should place waterproof materials around him or purchase doggie diapers. You might also set up a comfortable bed with all your pet’s favorite pillows and toys. If your pet likes affection, spend as much time as you can petting and grooming him. Spending time with your pet toward the end is as beneficial for your own emotional wellbeing as it is for his.

When the time comes, Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory can help you say goodbye to your pet in a healthy and dignified manner. We provide pet owners in Dallas and Fort Worth with respectful burial and cremation services—we can even help you plan a memorial. Call us at (817) 478-6696 to discuss your pet burial wishes.

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