When a friend or loved one’s beloved pet passes away, it may be hard to know the best way to offer support. Do you simply express your sincere condolences, or give them a sympathy card and flowers? Should you refer to the deceased pet by name, or avoid talking about him or her completely?
Although everyone copes with grief differently, here are just a few ways to comfort a pet owner through the difficult time:
- Send a note or card expressing your condolences.
- Send flowers.
- Make a donation to an animal shelter or a cause in honor of the deceased pet.
- Share happy stories about the pet.
- Offer to talk with the person about his or her feelings, or just listen.
- Be patient: a grieving pet owner will likely go through several different emotions and behaviors.
- Suggest ways to memorialize the pet.
- Share information about a pet loss support groups, such as the free monthly support group offered by Paws, Whiskers & Wags.
No matter the approach, remember that above all, the grieving pet owner needs a listening ear and perhaps a shoulder to cry on. With care and sensitivity, you can provide both.
Paws, Whiskers & Wags, Your Pet Crematory
The compassionate staff of Paws, Whiskers & Wags, Your Pet Crematory, understands that the loss of a pet is often no different than the passing of a beloved friend or family member.
At our Decatur location, we offer monthly Pet Loss Support sessions led by licensed social worker Christy R. Simpson to help bereaved pet owners through the difficult journey of saying goodbye. We invite you to come and share your story, or simply listen and find comfort from the strength and support of others.
To learn more about our grief support and pet cremation services, please call (404) 609-1072, or reach out via our online contact form.