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When It’s Time to Say Goodbye to Your Pet


When you lose a family member, or a friend, people expect you to undergo a grieving period. They’ll generally provide support, provide a shoulder to cry on, and make sure that you have all that you need during this tough time. The loss of a pet is just as emotionally difficult.

 The Loss

Just like losing a friend or family member, the loss of a pet is a deep blow that affects everyone on a deep and painful level. This loss can lead to anger, depression, and a myriad of other responses as all people deal with loss in different ways. The feelings you’re experiencing aren’t abnormal and the only way to effectively deal with this sort of grief is to allow enough time to pass so that the sting lessens. You can be assured that each passing day is a bit easier than the last.

 Learning to Live

We don’t forget our pets; we simply learn to live without them as we move through grieving periods. It is important for you to know that feeling this grief is not silly or uncommon.  A feeling of loneliness and sadness after the loss of a pet is normal and is only a sign that you deeply cared for your companion.

As difficult as it may seem, many friends or family members may not be able to understand the grief that you are feeling especially because they did not share the same bond that you did with your pet.  However, it is healthy to lean on people you know and trust in this difficult time.

Stay Connected

As your work through your grieving period, be sure to keep the connections with those closest to you and search for activities that will help you remember the best times with your pet, rather than any last moments where a pet might have been experiencing discomfort or pain.  Memorializing your pet is a great way to say your goodbyes.  You can also visit a favorite location or park to remember the best times with your pet and to focus on the great memories you both share.  Remember that your grief for your pet will be different than someone else’s. However you begin to heal, know that you are not alone in your emotions.

Here For You

Dealing with the loss of a pet isn’t any different than dealing with loss of a loved friend or family member. We strive to make this difficult time as painless as possible and provide you with all of the information you need in order to make the best decisions for your current situation. At Paws into Grace, we do our best to ensure that your needs are met and addressed with empathy and respect as you manage this trying time in your life.

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