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.

What to Expect from the Euthanasia Process

At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory of Fort Worth, we know that euthanasia is a difficult subject to discuss as a pet parent. The reality is that many pets reach a point where life becomes both painful and unenjoyable, even when their owners are doing everything they can to create a comfortable, healthy, and loving environment. If your pet has a terminal illness or has reached an age when life is very difficult, consider the information below to find out what to expect from the euthanasia process.

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Deciding When to Euthanize
Many pet owners find it difficult to consider euthanasia, thinking that they may be making an unloving decision. This is normal, but it is important to remember that a life of pain and physical immobility is difficult for your pet to endure, no matter how much you try to take away the pain. Remember that your decision is hard, but it’s not wrong if it is grounded in love and compassion for your pet’s suffering.

Making an Appointment for the Procedure
When you call your veterinarian to schedule the pet euthanasia procedure, explain to the receptionist that you would like to know what to expect. You may want to schedule the appointment at a time when the practice is not busy so that the veterinarian will have plenty of time to speak with you and let you say goodbye.

During and After the Procedure
You may experience very intense emotions when saying goodbye to your pet. You may choose to stay with your pet as your veterinarian performs the euthanasia procedure, or say goodbye before the procedure begins. No matter your decision, you can find peace knowing that the process will not be scary or painful for your pet. After your pet has crossed the rainbow bridge, you will need to consider whether burial or cremation is the right option. This is a personal decision, though your veterinarian may be able to offer suggestions.

Many pet parents are left with the hard decision of where and how to lay their pet to rest after euthanasia. To learn about the options that Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory can offer during this difficult time, call (817) 478-6696 or visit our website.

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The Benefits of Choosing Our Cemetery for Your Pet

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At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we know that having a tranquil final resting place for your pet can give you comfort in your grief. Our DFW pet cemetery is designed for you to visit again and again as you honor the memory of your lost pet.

Our pet cemetery is surrounded by beautiful oak trees. We maintain the grounds carefully to create a serene atmosphere. We offer individual pet plots with personalized headstones as well as communal burial and cremation plots. We give you an opportunity to choose your pet’s plot and casket. We welcome families to return to our pet cemetery time and again to remember their pets on special days, like birthdays, or simply to spend a quiet moment with a beloved lost pet.

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory can help you plan a fitting memorial and burial for your pet. Call our DFW pet cemetery at (817) 478-6696 for more information. 

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How to Cope with a Terminally Ill Pet

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When you find out that your beloved pet is terminally ill, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed. However, for the comfort of your pet, it’s important to face the diagnosis and have a plan in place for end-of-life care and pet burial or cremation. Continue reading to learn about a few things you can do to help her during this time.

Prepare Your Home
When your pet is ill, she may not be able to navigate your home as easily as before. Make sure she has easy access to things like food and water. Your pet may no longer be able to hop on chairs next to you, so build her comfortable resting spots with plenty of cushioning to reduce the chances of pressure sores. Surrounding your pet with familiar things, like favorite toys and blankets, will help make her feel secure.

Ask for Medical Advice
Talk to your vet about methods for controlling pain and what symptoms you should expect to see. You may also want to ask your vet to describe symptoms of pain so you know when your pet is hurting. Have a plan for dealing with pain and other issues that may arise, like reluctance to eat and incontinence. Be sure you understand your options for euthanasia and the signs that it could be time to consider this option for your pet.

Plan for Your Pet’s Passing
Losing a pet is never easy. For many pet owners, making decisions about what will happen after a pet passes before that day actually comes is easier than making decisions while under stress from the loss. Consider if pet burial or cremation is the right choice for you, and determine where you will have those tasks performed. Giving your pet the right kind of memorial will give you comfort in the days after she passes.

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory in DFW is here to explain your pet burial and cremation options and help you make the right choices for your furry friend. Call (817) 478-6696 to learn about our pre-need services and how pet burial and cremation works. 

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What Are the Most Challenging Parts of Grieving a Pet?

Losing a pet is a devastating experience. If you’re overcome with grief at the loss of your pet, take comfort in knowing that your feelings are normal. This video examines the challenges of coping with a lost pet.

For many pet owners, there are two parts of grieving that are the most challenging: loneliness and guilt. Pets are often so much a part of their owners’ lives that their absence reverberates loudly. If your grief becomes overwhelming, seek help from a counselor.

At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we can help you choose the right memorial for your pet so you can find comfort in your final goodbye. Learn more about our pet burial and cremation services by calling (817) 478-6696. 

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Signs Your Pet Is Mourning the Loss of a Companion

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When you lose a pet, it’s not only the human members of your family who mourn. Four-legged family members also feel the absence of a lost pet, and they often mourn their missing companion. If your remaining pet shows prolonged signs of grief, consult with your vet for tips to help him overcome it. Here are some signs which indicate your pet is in mourning:

Lost Appetite
After the loss of a companion, animals may become reluctant to eat. Your pet may eventually get his appetite back with time. However, if the loss of appetite is persistent, offer treats and favorite foods to coax him back to the food dish. Ask your vet for help with prolonged periods of lost appetite. Changing foods or offering rewards after your pet eats could convince him to start eating again.

Lethargy
Many pets sleep more than normal after losing a companion. They also may become less interested in normal activities, like taking a walk or playing with toys. This lethargy can include a reluctance to get up and interact with you. Try to get your pet up and active as much as possible. Insist on walks, even if they are short ones, and engage your pet in play as much as you can. Sometimes, animals experience prolonged depression, much like humans. Your vet can recommend behavioral tricks and even medications to help your pet recover.

Clinginess
After one pet is gone, your remaining pet may become clingier. He may crave more attention and love from you, and may follow you around the home much more than he used to. Give your pet the love he is craving as he copes with his grief. Resist the urge to become frustrated by the interruptions—your pet is looking to you for reassurance.

Pets are family, and at Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we understand that. At our DFW pet cemetery, we provide a range of burial, cremation, and memorial options so you can find the perfect way to remember your beloved pet. Find out how we can help you by calling us at (817) 478-6696. 

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What Are Your Pet Casket Options?

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Selecting a casket is an important part of the pet burial process. At Faithful Friends, we provide a variety of casket options, so you can find the perfect resting place for your beloved pet at a price that fits into your budget. Our caring staff can walk you through the choices and help you make the right choice for your pet.

We offer fiberglass and wood grain pet caskets. In our fiberglass collection, we have shell, single-walled, and double-walled choices. The fiberglass shells are available in a standard rectangular shape and an 18-inch octagon shape.  Our double-walled fiberglass caskets come with a liner and pillow. Our wood grain caskets are available in white and oak. We also offer a vault-style casket with a velvet liner.

To pre-plan for the loss of your pet or to make arrangements for pet burial or cremation, contact Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory. We’re here to support you at every stage of the process as you plan your final farewell to your pet. Call our DFW pet cremation service at (817) 478-6696 or visit our website for more information.

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How to Support a Friend Who Lost a Pet

When a friend loses a pet, it’s not always easy to know how to offer support. People who have pets themselves may not know the right words, while other people who don’t have animals may struggle to understand the scope of the loss. Whatever camp you fall into, there are some simple things you can do to help your friend through pet burial or cremation and the mourning process. Here are some tips for being there for a friend coping with the death of a pet. 

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Acknowledge the Grief
People grieving the loss of animals are sometimes hesitant about sharing the intensity of their sadness because they are afraid other people won’t understand. Let your friend know that you know that he or she is in mourning. Don’t shy away from specifically asking your friend what he or she needs from you. Your friend may want to talk about the loss, or he or she may prefer that you help him or her get back to a normal routine.

Avoid Trivializing the Loss
There are few things more painful for people dealing with the loss of a pet than to have someone say, “It was just an animal!” Many people consider pets to be members of their families, and most people who have lost a pet have lost a constant companion that they loved dearly. Even if the depth of the grief may be difficult for you to understand, remember that trivializing the loss to your friend will only cause more distress.

Don’t Suggest Replacing the Pet With a New Animal
Many people who have lost their pets go on to get new animals, but a new pet isn’t intended to be a replacement for the one that was lost. Instead, getting new pets is about building new relationships. By suggesting a replacement, you’re undermining the relationship your friend had with his or her pet.

At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we understand your grief after the loss of a pet. Rely on our compassionate help as you make decisions about pet cremation and pet burial. Call our DFW pet cemetery today at (817) 478-6696 for more information. 

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Moms Talk About Explaining Pet Loss to Their Kids

Discussing the loss of a beloved family pet with your children is a hard task, especially when you’re struggling with grief yourself. What is the best way to approach this difficult conversation? Watch this video to hear moms talk about what worked for them in the same circumstances.

Be straightforward with your kids about the loss of your pet. If you use euphemisms for death, they are likely to become confused and may not even understand that the pet isn’t coming back. Encourage them to ask questions, and don’t shy away from letting them know that you’re grieving as well.

At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory in DFW, we know how hard it is to lose a pet. That is why we provide compassionate in-house pet cremation and burial services to allow you to say goodbye to your loved one the right way.  Call us at (817) 478-6696 to find out more. 

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Reasons to Consider Pre-Planning Your Pet's Funeral

Chances are that you’ve heard of people pre-planning their funeral services, but did you know that you can do the same thing for your pet? Pre-planning a funeral for your pet can help you avoid additional stress during an already trying time. At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we can help you navigate your pre-need planning options. Here are some of the benefits of making a plan for your pet’s passing now. 

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Avoid Hasty Decisions
Pets are often considered family members, and losing them can be just as emotional as losing any loved one. When the time comes to say goodbye to your pet, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed. Facing decisions about pet burial, cremation, and funeral planning just adds more stress to the situation. You may be tempted to make hasty decisions that you wish you could change in the future when you’ve had time to process the situation. When you pre-plan your pet’s final goodbye, you can be sure you’re making the right decisions for your family, instead of making potential mistakes in the heat of the moment.

Keep Costs Down
Funeral costs are something that all families must consider. When you pre-plan for your pet’s burial or cremation, you can design a goodbye that fits your pet and stays within your budget. At Faithful Friends, we have a variety of options, including burial in our pet cemetery, cremation, and a number of urns and caskets to choose from. We can walk you through all of your choices and help you come up with a plan that works for you financially. Payment is not due until the time of internment.

Ease the Transition
When you pre-plan your pet’s funeral, all you have to do when the time comes is make a call to set your plan into action. At Faithful Friends, we will take over from there, fulfilling all aspects of your wishes for your pet.

Even if you’re not ready to pre-plan a pet’s funeral, call DFW’s Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory to familiarize yourself with our services. We offer pet burial and in-house pet cremation for your beloved pet. Learn more by calling (817) 478-6696. 

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Why Pet Loss Can Be Especially Difficult for Seniors

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Pets are much more than just animals; they are members of our families. That is why losing a pet is such a heartbreaking and difficult experience. No matter when or why you lose your pet, it can be difficult to get back to your regular routine right away. Taking time to grieve is essential for expressing your emotions and eventually getting back to your life.

Unfortunately, losing a pet can be even more difficult for seniors than it is for younger individuals. When younger people lose their pets, they can typically turn to friends and family members for support and guidance. Senior citizens may not have the same support systems available, leaving them unable to talk about their grief and start moving on. Many seniors also rely on pets to help them with daily tasks or provide companionship after losing a spouse. Losing this type of companionship leaves many seniors feeling lost.

If you have just lost a pet, contact the friendly staff at Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory. Our Fort Worth pet cemetery is the perfect place to say goodbye to your loved one and give him a final resting place. Call us at (817) 478-6696 to learn more.

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