Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Comfort someone who’s lost a pet

If you know someone who is grieving over the loss of a pet, Bob Mueller, senior director of mission and stewardship at Hosparus — and pet owner — shows you how your actions and words can make a difference.
  • Allow the pet owner to talk openly about his or her pet and feelings of loss.
  • Encourage sharing stories and memories about the pet.
  • Send a condolence card. There are cards specifically created for pet loss, and if you can’t locate one, convey your own message in a note.
  • Send a donation in memory of the deceased or lost pet to any animal-related organization.
  • Offer to help create a photo album or scrapbook in memory of the pet.
  • If the pet is to be taken to the vet for euthanasia, offer to accompany the owner to the vet.
Here’s how to say it:
  • I’ll always remember your stories about Sassy.
  • I am so sorry.
  • Tucker was a special dog.
  • Please accept my deepest sympathies.
  • What a comfort T-bear was to you; he will truly be missed.
  • What sad news. I am so sorry for your loss.

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