Loss of a Pet
Grieving, Dog, Cat, Loss of Pet, Grief
They Might Be Thinking:
I feel hollow inside.
I will miss my pet horribly.
He/She was such a good friend. I don’t know what to do with myself now.
I never want to have another animal. This is too heartbreaking.
I didn’t see this coming at all. I am not ready for this to be happening.
I hope that my furry friend didn’t suffer.
Our house won’t be the same anymore.
I don’t know how I am going to tell other people about this.
I’ll never have another pet like this one.
I wish I had treated my pet with more kindness or done things differently while he/she was here.
No human was there for me the way my furry friend was.
My pet was my best friend.
This makes me think about what will happen once I die.
Words That Might Be Encouraging:
You provided your pet with a really good life. I hope you know that.
I am so sorry this happened. I am right here with you.
[Self disclose how you felt when you lost a pet] I felt really empty and lost when my dog died. If you’re feeling that way, you definitely aren’t alone.
Your pet is now at peace.
I don’t think there will be another pet like this one. He/she was really special.
I am here to support you however I can.
Thank you for letting me in during this heartbreaking time. I can’t imagine how you must be feeling.
You did your best for your pet while they he/she was here.
[If it was unexpected] I am so sorry it was so sudden. I would feel so surprised and upset if it were me.
How can I make things just a little bit easier for you right now? This is a lot to deal with.
I know your animal was part of your family. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Words That Might Be Discouraging:
At least it was quick.
It's okay. You can get another pet.
I am sorry your pet is gone, but s/he was really [annoying/loud/messy/expensive].
Look on the bright side: you have one less thing to worry about!
Things could have been a lot worse.
It was bound to happen soon anyway.
You’ll forget all about them soon.
You still have all these other animals.
I knew this was coming because of X, Y and Z.
This is part of what you sign up for when you have a pet.
Animals don't live forever.
At least it wasn’t a person or something.
Video and Media Library
Coping with the Loss of a Pet
How Dogs Love Us
The Doctors Say Farewell to Lulu
What Oprah Learned from Her Dog Sophie
How to Say Goodbye to a Pet
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