How To Help Someone Who Lost A Pet

By: Danny Amoruccio
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Pets are some of our truest and most supportive companions. They are there for you when friends are busy and family members are far away. A loyal dog or a playful cat can help people maintain good mental health even in trying times. That’s why losing a pet is a devastating experience for pet owners. At Willowbrook Cemetery, we often see people struggle to find their footing after a pet’s death. Here are some tips to help you support a grieving friend:

1. Offer Support

Offer support by visiting your friend, listening to them, and helping them cope with the loss. Just your presence may be enough to ensure they feel less alone and lost. You should also stay in touch by calling or messaging them often. That can help distract them when the grief feels overwhelming.

2. Arrange for a Memorial

A small memorial service will also help grieving individuals recover. It will show them that everyone is taking their loss seriously and is willing to support them. The memorial can include pictures and videos of the pet, a few snacks, and people close to the pet owner. Holding memorials is especially beneficial if there’s a child involved. Children form close bonds with pets and struggle to understand death. A memorial service will help them accept and move on from their loss.

3. Encourage Them to Join Support Groups

You can easily find pet owner support groups online or in most major cities. These groups offer advice on coping mechanisms, hold counseling sessions, and support grieving pet owners through messaging apps as well. They can the perfect solution for people struggling with the loss.

If you want to know more or need to book a service, just give us at Willowbrook Cemetery a call on 203 222 8646 or contact us through our online form.

 

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