• 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • About the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association

    Pet Cemetary

    Since 1996, Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory has been helping families deal with the loss of a pet, while following the standards and regulations set forth by the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association (ICCFA). The ICCFA was founded in 1887 by 18 cemetery managers who wanted to improve the look and function of their properties. Over the next 100 years, the organization grew to include a number of cemeteries, funeral homes, and crematories throughout the United States and worldwide. Today, the organization represents 7,500 businesses such as Faithful Friends who obtain exclusive membership by pledging to uphold certain obligations.

    The principles set forth by the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association ask Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery and Crematory to consistently honor the wishes of a deceased pet’s family, to protect each of our internment sites, and to treat each pet with dignity. Our Dallas/Fort Worth pet cremation and pet burial services are always carried out in a respectful, professional manner. To learn more about our pet cemetery’s commitment to following ICCFA standards, call (817) 478-6696.

  • Qualities to Look for in a Pet Cemetery or Crematory

    One of the most important responsibilities that you will need to carry out following the loss of a pet is to select a professional pet cemetery that will fulfill your wishes in a caring and dignified manner. Whether you choose pet burial or pet cremation , the final sendoff that you provide for your pet should reflect everything that you desired during your initial consultation with the cemetery coordinator. Here is a look at the qualities that you should look for in a pet cemetery or crematory.

    Friend Consolation

    Authority to Remain a Pet Cemetery
    When looking for a Dallas/Fort Worth, TX pet cemetery, be sure to speak with cemetery management about ownership of the land that the cemetery sits on. If you would like to rest assured that you can come to pay respect to your pet for years to come, then you need to be certain that the business’ deed permits the property to remain a pet cemetery in the distant future.

    Commitment to Personalized Services
    Be sure to select a pet cemetery that caters to your specific needs as you plan final arrangements for your pet. Faithful Friends works with each client to ensure that their specific wishes are respected when it comes to specific details such as, casket selection, pet burial location, and family viewings.

    Sympathetic Environment
    Losing a pet can be just as hard as losing a human member of the family. When searching for a pet cemetery, be sure to settle on one that understands just how painful your loss is and offers sympathy and guidance through your hard time. You can also look for cemeteries that offer pre-need planning so that once that dreaded day comes, you will be prepared and have the support you require.

    Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory’s main goal is to provide you and your loved ones with the support you need following the loss of a close friend. We operate in a professional yet sympathetic manner, which allows us to accommodate your requests while offering you a shoulder to lean on. To learn more about our pet cremation and pet burial services, call (817) 478-6696.