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. 
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