Dealing with the loss of a pet

5 Tips for Dealing with the Loss of a Pet

Today, about 65 percent of U.S. households own a pet, a number that continues to grow each year. Those pets – mostly cats and dogs – have become true members of the family. People post photos of their pets on social media, they include their pets in holiday greeting card photos, dress their pets up for Halloween and spare no expense on toys, food and medical care.

In short: pets are people too. So when it comes time to say good-bye to a beloved family pet, it’s a difficult experience filled an overwhelming sense of loss. People grieve in many different ways so there’s no right or wrong way to deal with the loss of a pet, but here are some tips that can make the situation a little bit easier:

1. Give yourself permission to feel sad.

Some people may want to say, “Oh, it was just a dog.” But to you that pet was a very real part of your life, your family and your memories. It’s OK to grieve.

2. Don’t blame yourself.

If you had to make the very difficult decision to euthanize your pet, you may have the added burden of guilt. Remember, you made the very best decision for your pet in consultation with your veterinarian, and euthanasia is humane and painless.

3. Talk to your kids about loss and grief.

If you have young children, it’s possible they haven’t known life without your family pet. So, be mindful of their feelings, especially if this is their first experience with loss. Give them time to grieve as well as talk about those happy moments with their pet. ( See additional tips for how to talk to children about grief .)

4. Reach out to others who have dealt with the loss of a pet.

Find a support group or even close friends who lost their pets over the years. You can talk openly about your sadness to people who will truly understand and may even have some helpful suggestions about dealing with your grief.

5. Celebrate the memories.

Everyone has adorable photos of their pets and stories about funny things they did over the years. Honor them by sharing those stories or having a memorial service. Gather with your family and maybe some select close friends to give your pet a heartfelt sendoff. You can even utilize a local funeral home to help you host and plan the service.

Stuhr Funeral Home , a trusted name in funeral service for more than 150 years, has proudly chosen Pet Rest Cremation Service as their preferred pet loss care provider in the Lowcountry community. Together, they’re dedicated to providing the best and most professional care for their clients during their time of grieving and healing.

This service provides individuals with several options, including private and separate cremation. You can also choose from a variety of urn styles and even jewelry to best memorialize your beloved pet.

Losing a pet is hard. It can be tough to come home to a quiet house where once a four-legged friend greeted you with such joy. Take time to acknowledge your loss and give yourself some time and space to grieve. In time, your sadness will be outweighed by all those happy memories of your companion.
For more information about pet rest cremation services and resources, visit JHenryStuhr.com or call (843) 723-2524.

*Pet Loss Support Group

When you need help and support to cope with the loss of a beloved furry friend, turn to Pet Rest. Their Pet Loss Support Group meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Visit Pet Rest Cremation Service to find a comfortable space to gather with folks who are experiencing similar grief.

When: 7:00 PM – 2nd Tuesday of the month
Where: 132 Redbank Road, Goose Creek, SC 29445
RSVP: (843) 797-5735
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