Why do we grieve?
Grief is a natural and normal part of human life. Everyone experiences grief. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. Some express it often and openly by talking or crying. Others want to be alone, stay busy, or feel angry instead of sad. Grief can last a long time. Certain events can trigger it year to year, reactivating the hurt and feelings of loss. Let yourself experience all the feelings of grief over time to complete the cycle. The purpose of grief is to honor life and heal the heart, to learn from loss and love again.
Will others understand?
Pet loss is sometimes trivialized and misunderstood. Know that it is a significant loss. When your pet dies, you deserve compassion and sensitivity from others. Euthanasia ranks as one of the most difficult decisions you must make in your lifetime. If you struggle with guilt, remember it was illness, injury, or advanced age that took your pet’s life. You chose euthanasia to spare your pet from further suffering. You made this choice from love.
Treasure your memories:
Pay tribute to your pet over dinner with family and friends. Share stories and memories.
Keep your cat or dog close by saving their collar or a clipping of fur. Place their tags on your keychain.
Make time to be creative by putting a scrapbook together, write a poem, or plant a flower garden or tree.
Help others as they grieve, make a donation in your pet’s name, or support animal kindness products.
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