Losing a pet is like losing a member of your family. In the same way that having a funeral or memorial services after the loss of a loved one helps start the healing process, so too can a pet memorial help you face the loss of a pet. These are several ways people host memorials after pet deaths. Some of these rituals may help your family say goodbye.
Photos will remind you of special memories you have of your pet. Put together a photo album of your favorite pictures of your pet. Consider creating the album together with your family so you can all share your memories together. You may also decide to pick a favorite photo of your pet and have it framed or have an artist create a painting using the photo. Display your framed photo or artwork alongside a candle that you keep lit near the image.
Plant a Tree
You may find it cathartic to have a reminder of your pet in your yard that grows over the years in his or her honor. Planting a tree can be a great way for your family to honor your pet and to create a space where you can go to remember him or her over the years. If your pet spent time outdoors in your yard, choose a spot to plant a tree there. If you don’t have a space in your yard, sponsor a tree in a community park or other area in honor of your pet.
Choose a Final Resting Spot
Choosing a location for your pet’s remains allows you to say goodbye and to have a tangible spot where you can go to honor your pet’s memory. Select a site at a pet cemetery, and choose a personalized headstone, or opt for pet cremation with an urn. You may also choose to scatter the ashes in a special location.
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All pet owners know that dogs can get into just about any food left around the house. Sadly, some pet deaths result from a beloved animal accidentally eating one of the few foods that are good for people but poisonous for dogs.
When a sudden illness hit one woman’s dog, she was devastated. The culprit was something she never expected: fresh grapes. While veterinarians are unsure what causes the reaction, this seemingly harmless fruit is can actually lead to pet deaths. As most pet owners know, chocolate can also cause extreme vomiting, dehydration, seizures, and even death in dogs. Milk and cheese can also be extremely dangerous, as dogs lack the necessary enzymes to properly break down dairy products.
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Pet deaths are difficult for the whole family. But for children, who often have little experience with loss, losing a pet can be especially traumatizing. While you cannot shelter kids from the loss of a pet, you can give them the skills they need to cope. Read on for tips about how to support your kids after losing a beloved pet.
Break the News Gently
If possible, make sure the whole family is together when you break the news that your pet has passed away. Try to make sure they feel comfortable, safe, and not distracted. If you had to euthanize your pet, explain that the veterinarians did everything they could and your pet passed peacefully. Emphasize that your pet will not feel hurt or scared. If your pet died suddenly, calmly and briefly explain what happened.
Stick to the Truth
One of the best ways to support your kids when a pet dies is to simply be honest. It is never a good idea to say that a dog ran away. Helping your kids learn to properly mourn now will prepare them for the inevitability of losing other loved ones later in life. If the truth comes out, your child would feel understandably hurt and betrayed. Admitting you also feel sad will teach them that it is okay to talk about feelings .
Offer Your Support
When your child is ready, try to talk to her about her own feelings. Share stories about the pets you had growing up and how it was difficult for you to say goodbye. You should also discuss your family’s memories of your deceased pet to show your kids how to celebrate life as a way of mourning. You may also want to have a funeral and memorial ceremony. Many pet cemeteries offer beautiful services and cremation urns, so your pet can be with you forever.
Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory understands that pet deaths are an emotional experience. Our full service pet cemetery offers funerals and pet memorials to help your whole family remember and honor a beloved dog or cat . Contact our Dallas, Texas area office at (682) 587-2324.