Coping with the loss of a pet
Pet loss and how to deal with it
With your pet's death, you may feel lost and alone. However, most pet owners would rather experience the grief of their deaths than not have all the joy that they give us over the years. This page provides strategies to help you cope with pet loss.
Helping children cope with pet loss
There is something deeply profound in the grief that some children feel following the death of a pet. Adults can more adequately distinguish the difference between their love for people and pets, but for a child, the lines can be less clear. They may need your help to deal with the loss of a much-loved pet.
Practical information about the loss of your pet
Pet loss is a painful emotional experience, but there are also some practicalities to consider. As much as we dislike thinking about it, most pet owners believe that they owe their companion animal not only a happy, healthy life but also a peaceful, loving death.
Pet memorials: a lasting tribute
In death, we can show our love and appreciation for the pets who enriched our lives immeasurably by means of pet memorials. These ways of celebrating the life of your pet range from hand-crafted memorials to commercial creations that are customized for your pet.
Further sources of information
You may find our other articles in the Grief Library section helpful too.
For biodegradable and more traditional cremation urns, including pet urns, we recommend Richard Lamb New Traditions Funerals.
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