How do you talk to someone about losing a pet?

Here are some tips to help everyone be a compassionate friend.

  1. The safe initial reaction to the news.
  2. Simply listen.
  3. Feel free to ask questions if you have questions to ask.
  4. Remind the owner that they gave the pet a great life.
  5. Use the pet’s name.
  6. If you have a memory or favorite photo of the pet, share it.

How do pets deal with bereavement?

7 Self-Care Essentials While Grieving the Death of a Pet

  1. Set aside the time to grieve in your own way and release your emotions.
  2. Make sure you continue to meet your basic needs.
  3. Maintain routines with your living animals as best you can.
  4. Don’t hesitate to seek support from understanding friends or relatives.

What do vets do after they put a dog to sleep?

Many veterinary hospitals work with companies that can arrange for individual cremation (and, in some cases, burial). Some owners will opt for communal cremation (sometimes called group or mass cremation). In most cases, the cremation/burial company can pick up your dog’s remains directly from the hospital.

Do you ever get over losing a pet?

Some people start to feel better in weeks or months. For others, the grieving process is measured in years. Whatever your grief experience, it’s important to be patient with yourself and allow the process to naturally unfold. Feeling sad, shocked, or lonely is a normal reaction to the loss of a beloved pet.

What the Bible says about losing a pet?

Philippians 4:4-9 Are you looking for peace regarding the death of your pet? Consider this often-quoted passage from the Bible, which says, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Is there a pet loss support hotline?

Pet Loss Support Hotline: 435-757-4540 Mon-Thu from 5-7 pm MST

Is there a phone number for a grief hotline?

Several of the websites listed below are not specific for pet loss. You may then wish to call the telephone numbers listed, and then leave a message, if necessary. ASPCA Grief Counseling HotLine: 877-GRIEF-10 or (877-474-3310).

Who is the best grief counselor for pet loss?

This revised listing was compiled by Lawrence Kaufman, Pet Loss and Grief Counselor. He can be reached toll free at 855-PET-LOSS (855) 738-5677, or locally at 561-498-2200 or email him at [email protected], and through the contact page at

What should I do with my dog’s body after death?

As a last resort, you may keep the body in the coldest area of your home, out of the sun, packed with bags of ice. In this case, the body should be placed in a plastic bag to prevent it from getting wet. It is very common for pet owners to have their deceased pets cremated. You need to decide if you wish to keep your pet’s ashes as a remembrance.