• Understanding the Special Bond Between Your Kids and Your Pets

    If you feel like your pets are part of your family, you’re not alone. Research even shows that your pets feel the same way. According to a study at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, dogs bond with human owners in much the same way babies do. While your relationship with your pet may be close, the bond between your kids and your pets is likely to be even stronger. Acknowledging this unique relationship is especially important at the end of a pet’s life and while arranging a pet burial service. Here are some of the reasons why you pets are such a significant part of your kids’ lives. 

    Young Boy with cat

    Companionship
    Your pets are natural companions for your children. In many ways, they occupy similar positions in the family, with parents as the lead caregivers for both. Pets are always ready to play, so kids spend a great deal of time interacting with pets. In fact, pets are an important part of kids’ social development . By developing a relationship with a pet, kids learn skills that help them build relationships with their peers.

    Responsibility
    Although the adults in the family always have the final say on the care of pets, it’s common for kids to play a role in the caregiving. Many kids take charge of tasks like walking or feeding pets. These jobs give kids a sense of responsibility that helps them gain confidence in being independent. Your kids are likely to take their caregiving duties very seriously, and your pets are likely to see your kids as trusted allies.

    The relationship between your kids and pets is special, which is why it is so crucial to take the time to honor a lost pet properly. At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory, we can help you and your child choose a pet burial option that serves as a fitting tribute. Our full-service pet cemetery offers a variety of pet burial and pet cremation options for clients in the DFW area. Find out more about what we do by calling (817) 478-6696.   

  • Grieving the Loss of a Pet

    The grief of losing a pet can be profound for your entire family. It’s important to allow yourself to feel that grief and to discuss the loss with your children so you can all recover in a healthy way.

    Watch this video for tips on grieving the loss of your family pet. When a pet passes on, it can be particularly confusing for children. Be sure to allow them to express their feelings, and open up to them about your own. Don’t be afraid to seek grief counseling should your family struggle to come to terms with the loss of your pet.

    At Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory , we can help give your lost pet a fitting good-bye. Please call us at (817) 478-6696 to learn more about our pet cemetery and pet cremation services in the DFW area. 

  • Taking Care of Your Family When a Pet Dies

    When a pet dies, it is natural to feel a tremendous sense of loss. After all, pets are really family members, and when they die, it leaves a hole in the home. Each member of your family may experience the loss in a different way, and that is OK. The first step in caring for your family when a pet dies is to acknowledge that you’re all grieving and that your feelings are normal. Planning a pet burial ceremony to honor your lost friend may be comforting to everyone. These tips are also helpful as your family comes to terms with the loss of your pet. 

    The man and girl on love assignation

    Give Everyone Permission to Grieve
    Sometimes, when a pet dies, people try to minimize the feelings of grief because they believe they shouldn’t feel such sadness over the loss of an animal. Start by giving everyone in your family permission to grieve your pet . Pets provide families with companionship and unconditional love. Don’t downplay the importance of the loss of your pet. Doing so will only delay your grief, not stop it.

    Talk It Out
    As with any loss, it’s never a good idea for the members of your family to grieve in isolation. Instead, create an open dialogue about your feelings about your lost pet. It is especially important to allow kids to express their sadness and to encourage them to ask questions. For young children in particular, the loss of a pet can be confusing. By letting your children see that you are sad as well, you will open the door for them to share their feelings.

    Honor Your Pet
    Planning a pet cremation or burial can be cathartic for your family. Decide on how you would like to memorialize your pet and come together as a family to celebrate your pet’s life and place in your hearts.

    Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory can help your family with all of your pet burial and cremation needs. Learn more about our pet cemetery and pet cremation services by calling our Fort Worth, TX location at (817) 478-6696.