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Coping with the Loss of a Pet

In many ways, coping with the loss of a pet can be just as traumatic as losing a human friend or loved one. There are many out there who have developed an extremely strong bond with an animal and it is a very unfortunate fact that most owners will far outlive their furry friends. Whether referring to a cat, dog, horse, rabbit or anything in between, the grieving process is just as real. What are some of the best ways to deal with such a tragic loss and which decisions need to be considered to get as much closer as is possible?

Hold a Private Ceremony

The loss of a pet can be a very personal event. So, it is a good idea to hold a private ceremony at home and invite all of those who may have been close to the animal. Include any toys that the pet may have had as well as pictures. Part of the grieving process is coming to terms with such a loss. One of the best ways to do this is to validate the life that the animal had.

Celebrate its Life

When a person or animal that we are close to passes, it is human nature to tend to focus on the pain and anguish. Although this is a perfectly natural response, never forget that the good times should always outweigh the bad. Remember all of the laughs and tender moments. Talk with friends and exchange funny stories is possible. In fact, it is a good idea to take a walk in a local park or forest where you and your pet may have frequented often. There are many owners who claim that they were very literally able to feel the presence of their furry friend.

Cremation or Burial?

The physical process of parting with a loved animal is perhaps the most difficult part of this event. Coping with the loss of a pet will normally also involve choosing whether you want to have the animal cremated or buried. Thankfully, there are a number of useful online sites such as the Association of Private Pet Cemeteries and Crematoria (APPCC) that can provide welcome advice. Of course, there may be costs to address as well. Although not all prepaid funeral plans will cover pets, there are some providers that are worth having a look at. We have provided a compendium of different providers and the services that they offer. So, you will be able to appreciate which ones deserve a further look and those that are intended to cater to the needs of humans alone.

Pets are indeed parts of the family and the unconditional love that they provide is truly magical. Coping with the loss of a pet is difficult and heartbreaking. By properly memorialising their life, their memory and spirit will truly live on forever.

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