How to cope with losing a pet

How to cope with losing a pet

Pets are often seen as a member of the family, a companion or friend, so losing them can be devastating and an extremely emotional time.  Feelings of loneliness and isolation are perfectly normal but not everyone can understand the intense grief that can follow losing your pet.  The empty space left behind can be just as big as if you have lost your friend or relative.

If you must make the difficult decision to put your pet down, then please remember this shows the enormous amount of love you have for that pet, you are truly caring about their own wellbeing before your own thoughts of loss.  Your vet will be able to help you to make that decision and allow to you to do the kindest thing for your pet.

Try to plan ahead as much as possible with your vet as decisions following the death of your pet can be very difficult.  Vets can dispose of the body for you, but you might also choose to bury or have an individual cremation.  Whatever you decide, remember that this is your decision and it’s a way of dealing with your pet’s death and the grief that will follow.

Allow yourself the time to grieve in a way that is right for you, whether that is talking or writing about your pet or looking at photos.  Be patient with yourself too, take as long as you need to go through the grieving process.

Although replacing your pet might seem like a good idea, the decision to get another pet should not be rushed, allow yourself the time to make the most sensible choice for you and your family.  Do not allow yourself to be pressured into getting another pet.

Keepsakes

Many of the keepsakes such as Ashes into Glasses are also appropriate for the cremated remains of a much loved pet. We also have life diamonds made from the cremated remains of horses and a lock of mane incorporated into a ring.

Memories and Keepsakes