We understand your pet is really a furry member of your family, so when they have crossed over the rainbow bridge it can definitely be difficult to cope with the loss. Our animals become a constant part of our lives – comforting us in our time of need and providing unconditional love. We realize everyone processes grief differently, and it may take time to really come to terms with all the emotions. Whatever will help you the most, do it! Some people find it helpful to express their feelings in writing – whether that be in poems, stories, or letters.
When you are ready, a great way to honor your pet is by memorializing them. Here are some ideas on what to do:
- Have your favorite photo of your pet framed
- Make a photo album scrapbook
- Keep your pet’s belongings in a memory box – such as their collar, ID tag, favorite toy
- Make a donation in your pet’s name
Here in the Chicago area there are several pet-loss support groups that are open to the general public to attend.
We truly know how hard it is to lose a loved furry family member, and we are always here to help in any way we can. Always feel comfortable contacting us with any questions, concerns or just needing to talk.
Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.