When a person you love dies, it's natural to feel sorrow, express grief, and expect friends and family to provide understanding and comfort.
Unfortunately, many consider grieving the loss of "just a pet" inappropriate which couldn't be further from the truth.
People love their pets and consider them members of their family; they celebrate their pets' birthdays, confide in their animals, and carry pictures of them in their wallets.
So, when a beloved pet dies, it's not unusual to feel overwhelmed by the intensity of sorrow.
The grief process is as individual as the person, lasting days for one person or years for another. The process typically begins with denial, which offers protection until individuals can recognize their loss.
While grief is a personal experience, you need not face loss alone. Many forms of support are available including pet bereavement counseling services, pet-loss support hotlines, local or online bereavement groups, books, videos, and magazine articles.
What Can I Do for My Child?
The loss of a pet may be a child's first experience with death. The child may blame himself, his parents, or the veterinarian for not saving the pet.
He may also feel guilty, depressed, and frightened that others he loves may be taken away from him.
Trying to protect your child by saying the pet ran away could cause the child to expect the pet's return and feel betrayed after discovering the truth. Expressing your own grief may reassure your child that sadness is okay and help him work through his feelings.
Click here to read the story of the Rainbow Bridge.
Five Ways to Remember Your Pet
1. Hold a memorial service
2. Find a special place for your pet's ashes
3. Create a living memorial
4. Make a scrapbook
5. Write down your feelings
Moira Allen has developed a great brochure that may help you or someone you love. Please click here to download the brochure.
It is just as normal to grieve over the loss of a beloved animal companion as it is to grieve over the loss of a human family member. There is no normal when it comes to the magnitude or longevity of grief. Different people react in different ways. Most importantly, don't be ashamed of your grief or try to hide it. Your emotions are a wonderful tribute to the meaning of your companion's life. Planning your pet's post-life care in advance and having the chance to say your final good-byes when the time finally comes are important to achieving closure to this significant loss. We understand this.
What should I do if my pet dies at home?
Until decisions and preparations can be made, place your pet in the coldest part of your home. You can lay down plastic, then newspaper to place your pet's body on and gently cover them with a blanket or towel contact us soon as you're able. We are here to help. If you haven't done so already, please take this opportunity to reserve your service now so you won't need to fret over the details when the time comes.
There is no hurry. Most clinics that work with All city pet cremation will have a storage facility where your pet can be safely held. If your veterinarian works with another service, you can contact us directly. If you haven't done so already, please take this opportunity to reserve your service now so you won't need to fret over the details when the time comes.
Your pet belongs to you. You always have the right to take your pet home with you.
You are invited and encouraged to arrange for a proper viewing at All City pet cremation However, you can rest assured that our services for your pet will be conducted in the same caring way, whether you are present or not.
At All City pet cremation we know that your pet is an important part of your family, and we provide the same level of integrity for every pet received. We understand the importance of receiving only your pet's cremains back, and assure the authenticity by following a rigurous process. Every private cremation takes place in its own stainless steel compartment, and is tracked throughout the process with a unique pet identification system. Your loved pet's cremains will be returned in a unique custom wooden chest which includes a cremation certificate with the Rainbow Bridge poem.