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Will Your Pet Grieve Over the Loss of Their Companion?

When a pet dies, every member of the family is affected, including other pets. As important as it is to look after your human family members following the loss of a beloved animal, it is equally as important to ensure that your other pets are taken care of as well. If you have recently lost a pet, the following information may help you care for the other pets in your household:

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Learn the Symptoms of Grief
Your pets’ understanding of loss may be different than your own, but your pets are sure to notice the absence of their canine or feline sibling and likely to be affected by it. Following the passing of one pet, you may notice several behavioral changes in your other pets. These include changes in appetite, sleep patterns, energy levels, and pastimes. Your pets may seem especially quiet, and they may either seek more attention from you or want more alone time than usual.

Spend More Time with Your Pet
As you and your pets grieve the loss of another together, you may be able to find solace in one another. Unless your pets seem to want to be alone, try to spend more time with them than you usually do. Try not to spoil them excessively, but a few more treats than normal may help temporarily boost their spirits. They may also find comfort in a toy or article of clothing that smells like your recently lost pet.

Many pet-owning families find solace in holding a funeral service for their deceased pet. To speak with a caring and dedicated provider of pet cremation, burial, and cemetery services in Dallas-Fort Worth, call Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory at (682) 597-2324. You can also visit us online to learn more about our compassionate services during your time of need.

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Looking For Pet Loss Guidance? Then Visit These Sites

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Losing a pet is a difficult experience. We invite you to click through these resources for support and suggestions on how to cope with your feelings in a healthy way and encourage others to do the same:

What feelings might you experience following the loss of your pet? This brochure from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation can help you prepare.

How can you help your child through feelings of loss after a pet dies? ASPCA.org offers more suggestions, including books that can help you and your child through this time.

After the loss of a pet, laying him to rest in a cemetery or having him cremated can help provide a sense of closure. Visit ICCFA.com for the answers to some of your questions about making these arrangements.

Children have a unique understanding of death, depending on their age. APLB.org explains how children of different ages perceive death and how to explain the loss of a pet in the best way.

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory is here to help you give your pet a personalized and lasting memorial. Please contact us at (817) 478-6696 to find out more about our burial and cremation options in Fort Worth. You can find more information on our website about our all-inclusive services, including our pre-need services to help you plan during a time of calm rather than crisis.

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Understanding the Grief of Losing a Pet

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Your pet is a treasured part of your family. It’s natural to feel sorrow, grief, and loss when it comes time to lay your pet to rest. Understanding the grief you and your family will feel can help you to embrace these feelings while remembering the good times and happy memories you shared with your pet.

Embrace Your Grief

It is completely normal to feel grief following the loss of a pet. It is not juvenile, unnatural, or unnecessary. Allow yourself and your family, especially children, to feel and work through this grief. You may feel intense sadness, you may cry, and your children and family members may do the same. There is no need to “be strong” or “get over it”—grief is a natural way to acknowledge your pet’s value in your life.

Understand What You Will Feel

Understanding that you may feel many different emotions, some conflicting, can help you to work through each feeling as it comes. You may feel guilty or responsible for the death of your pet, or even anger over the illness or accident that caused their loss. At other times, you may have trouble accepting that your pet is gone or feel intense depression and sadness. Once your companion has passed, you may even feel relief that your pet is no longer suffering.

Cope With Friends and Family

Following the loss of a pet, turning to others can help you through your grief. Share happy memories of your pet with friends and family. Allow yourself and others to speak about feelings of loss and grief. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to someone close to you, you can visit your veterinarian, online support groups, or a religious institution for support.

You want to remember your pet with the fondness and love they deserve. Contact Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory at (817) 478-6696 to inquire about our pet burial, cremation, and memorial services in Fort Worth. Please read through our blog for more information to help you cope with pet loss and grief.

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How to Prepare Yourself for the Loss of a Pet

Acknowledging that a beloved pet is nearing the end of his or her life is never easy. Preparing yourself ahead of time can help this process go more smoothly when it comes time to put your pet to sleep.

 

This video discusses some factors to consider regarding the loss of a pet. Decide whether you want to hold your pet or wait in the waiting room during the procedure. Talk to your vet beforehand and ask any questions you have, either about the procedure or what will happen afterward.

 

The Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory is here to help you through this difficult time with the services you desire to create a lasting memory of your pet. Contact us today at (817) 478-6696 to ask about our cremation and burial services in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Visit our website for more information about how to cope with the decisions that come with losing a pet.

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Tips for Helping Your Child Cope with the Loss of a Pet

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Losing a pet is difficult for all members of your family, including your children. Children and pets often become close friends, and the loss of that pet can be frightening and overwhelming for your child. Learning how to best help your child through the grieving process will create a more positive experience for you both.

Be Honest

The most important thing you can do for your child is to be honest during this time of loss. Don’t try to hide your pet’s disappearance or say that the pet simply “went away.” Children will often feel responsible for a pet “leaving” if they do not understand that it cannot come back. Avoid vague terms such as “went to sleep” and explain what happened to your pet in as much detail as you feel your child can handle.

Be Supportive

Understand that your child may feel frightened, angry, sad, or depressed. Support these feelings and encourage your child to show them rather than telling him to be strong. Allow your child to cry and offer a shoulder or even a chance to cry together. It is not wrong to show your child that you are grieving as well.

Allow Closure

Give yourself and your child a chance for closure. If your child is old enough, allow him to be part of the decision-making process regarding the final resting place of your pet. If your pet will be buried, visit the grave site to leave flowers. Hold a memorial service for your pet to allow your child to revisit happy memories. Consider other activities such as lighting a candle for your pet each day or on the anniversary of his loss.

Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory can help you and your child through the loss of your pet with memorial services including burial and cremation available on-site in Fort Worth. Contact us today at (817) 478-6696 to ask about your options so we can help you through this difficult transition. You can learn more about supporting your child through the loss of a pet on our blog.

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Want To Know More About Coping With The Loss Of Your Pet? Then Read Through These Articles

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The passing of a pet is always a mournful time. However, you can limit your grief by researching coping methods and end-of-life services to ensure that when the time comes to say goodbye, you can rest assured that you did all you could. Check out these links to learn more:

This page from FuneralWise.com has information that can help you decide if euthanasia is the best course of action for your ailing pet.

ASPCA.org has all the information you need to understand how you can provide end-of-life care for your pet.

Gain a better understanding of how to come to terms with the death of you furry friend when you read this New York Times article.

The Humane Society of the United States has an article with tips on how to handle your grief after the loss of a pet.

Learn how to identify when your pet is experiencing pain with this fact sheet from Perdue University.

For more information on end-of-life services for pets and how to cope with their passings, call Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory at (817) 478-6696.

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A Guide to the Decision of Euthanasia

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Many pet owners are horrified by the very idea of using euthanasia on their furry friends, but it should certainly be considered in some cases. If your pet’s outlook is very poor, whether due to disease complications, a lack of treatment options, or both, euthanasia can become the best thing you can do. You can decide if euthanasia is right for your pet by asking yourself these questions:

Is Treatment Worth the Additional Life?

Veterinary science is not perfect, and some times the treatment that doctors can offer your ailing pet is nearly negligible. For example, a stomach tumor in a small dog becomes more difficult to treat the longer it goes unnoticed. If you do not notice the cancer until it is in its late stages, chemotherapy and surgery are still a possibility. Yet the aggressiveness of many canine tumors may mean that a $10,000 treatment plan will only extend your dog’s life by a few short months. As much as you may love your pet, a bill like that is only justifiable if it can significantly extend your pet’s healthy life. Otherwise, you are only delaying the inevitable and euthanasia must be considered.

Does the Pain Justify Euthanasia?

If your pet cannot take three steps without whimpering in pain from arthritis, or has a disease that will get progressively worse no matter what, euthanasia might be your best option. For example, progressive feline diabetes can lead to viciously painful urinary tract infections, constant vomiting, convulsions, and coma. With an outlook like that, most pet owners will begin to at least consider euthanasia. There’s no point in keeping your furry friend alive if every day will be a painful struggle. It’s a tough decision, but the pain of choosing euthanasia is negligible compared to the pain of seeing your pet in agony every single day.

If euthanasia is inevitable, the best you can offer your pet is a beautiful burial place. Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory of Dallas-Fort Worth has all the services you’ll need to lay your furry friend to rest with the respect and dignity that they deserve. Call us at (817) 478-6696 to learn more about what we offer.

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Download This iPhone App for a Great Way to Remember Your Pet

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The loss of a beloved pet can be a very difficult time for anyone, but there are ways you can get past your grief. Honoring the memory of your pet is a good example, and there is an iPhone app that allows you to do this quickly and easily.

iPet Memorial app allows you to preserve your pet’s legacy by creating a virtual memorial for them. All you need to do is upload a picture of your furry friend, enter some information that you would like viewers to know about it, and post it to the database for other users to admire.

If you would rather create a more physical memorial for your deceased pet, we offer beautiful caskets, urns, and memorials here at Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory. Call us at (817) 478-6696 to ask about our current inventory.

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What You Need to Know About End-of-Life Care for Your Pet

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As much as we may wish our pets could live as long as we do, the time eventually comes when we must say goodbye. It’s important to know what your options are when your pet nears the end of its life so that you can decide how best to take care of it. Read on to learn more:

Know How to Identify Pain

Pain due to disease or aging manifests itself in animals differently than in humans. If your pet suddenly becomes unusually picky at mealtimes, has to pant or gasp for breath, starts keeping a low profile, or does not seem to want to move, it could be a sign that it’s in terrible pain. Any of these is just cause for a visit to your veterinarian, who can run tests and determine how serious the problem is.

Know How to Provide Hospice Care

If you know that your pet is nearing the end of its life, it’s important to know how to take care of it and ensure that its remaining life is as comfortable as possible. You will become your pet’s nurse as well as its caregiver, so you will need to talk to your vet about how to administer medication, feed the right foods, and identify danger signs of progressive illnesses and severe pain

Know When Enough is Enough

If your pet is reaching a point at which keeping it comfortable is beyond your means or it is suffering from debilitating pain, you need to start to look into euthanasia. This is a gut-wrenching decision for most pet owners, but one that cannot be avoided. It may not feel like the right decision to you, but sometimes the best thing that you can do for your aging pet is to end its suffering.

Trust the experts at Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory to help you provide your deceased pet with a beautiful final resting place. Our compassionate and professional services have helped countless pet owners in central Texas for many years. Call us at (817) 478-6696 to get started today.

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Find Helpful Pet Loss Advice With These Resources

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Unfortunately, most pet owners have to deal with the loss of a pet at some point during their lives. If this is something you have recently experienced, the following resources can provide you with information that can help you cope with your loss and make post-life arrangements for your pet. For pet burial and cremation services in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, call Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory at (817) 478-6696. Our caring and dedicated professionals are here to help you.

Read about signs of grief your pets may display following the loss of another family pet at FuneralWise.com.

This New York Times article provides a look at how animals grieve the loss of their loved ones.

Find out about grief support groups for pet owners in the Dallas area at SPCA.org.

For answers to frequently asked questions concerning pet loss, visit this page from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

To learn about grief following the loss of a pet, visit HelpGuide.org.

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