6 Ways to Honor a Lost Pet – Tails Magazine

Hi Everyone from San Antonio,

I came across this article and thought it was a good one to share. Rick and I have lost three dogs over the years: Pebbles, our rat terrier mix, Cubby, our poodle/terrier mix, and Skittles, our corgi/terrier mix, and each time it has been overwhelming for me to deal with the grief. Whether your loss occurs during the holidays or some other time, this advice is timeless:
December 7, 2012 by Tails Magazine

The holiday season is all about love and family, which is why it can be an especially hard time for people who are coping with the death of a beloved animal companion. Whether you’re grieving yourself, or know somebody who is and want to make the holidays a little easier on them, Dr. Barry Rickman has some great advice for honoring a lost pet.

From Dr. Rickman:

Facing a pet’s terminal illness or death is a very stressful and emotional time for families at the best of times, but during the holiday season it can be especially difficult to cope with. The holiday season is a time for tradition and celebration, but for many families it can be a source of grief and sadness over the loss of a beloved pet.

Here are some of the ways to honor the loss of the family pet during the holiday season:

1. Create an ornament with your pet’s picture.

2. Create a pet memorial stone or plant a tree in the garden.

3. Light a candle in remembrance and celebrate with a special poem, prayer, video, or story.

4. Create a photo album of your pet. Or, look back and enjoy old albums.

5. If you have children, have them draw pictures or write stories of their pet.

6. Make a donation to an animal shelter in your pet’s memory and honor.

“Grieving is a process that takes time and there are no shortcuts,” acknowledges Dr. Rickman. “Some of the feelings include denial, sadness, and anger. These are normal feelings one can feel with the loss of a beloved pet.” Family and friends can be a huge source of support during the holiday season, as can support groups and private counseling.” Visit TAILS Resource Page to locate pet loss support networks around the country.

Dr. Barry Rickman is the founder of Peaceful Companion—a Phoenix, AZ in-home hospice and euthanasia service for pets.

So instead of being sad over the holidays, use this time to come to terms with the loss of your pet and to celebrate their life and the amazing relationship you shared.


Dec 10, 2012 | Comments are off | Animal Communication, animal welfare, Dog Behavior

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