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Loss of a Pet

Loss of a Pet

If you've never had a cherished pet, it might be difficult to understand what a friend or loved one is going through after the loss of a pet. It is a heartbreaking experience, and for many the grief felt is no different from the grief caused by the loss of a human family member. The most important thing you can do for those suffering the loss of a pet is be supportive. Consider doing any or all of the following:

  • Send a card or sympathy basket. Sending a card or sympathy basket and writing a personal message inside can be very comforting. Letting those grieving know you care shows support.
  • Share memories. Ask about happy memories of the pet. Reliving good times might help ease the pain.
  • Encourage the expression of feelings. Keeping emotions bottled up inside will only make the healing process harder.
  • Encourage the mourner to share their feelings and listen to what they have to say.
  • Support groups. If your loved one or friend is having a hard time recovering from the loss of a pet, encourage them to join a support group and to share their feelings with those can relate to what they are going through.
  • Help out. Lend a hand in any way that you are able to in order to reduce their stress during their time of grieving.

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