pet loss

Losing a cat that has been a part of the family for years is hard to say the least.  Large cat urns are a fitting way to pay tribute to your beloved pet; you want to do something that is special, and demonstrates the love and respect you have for your cat.  You may choose to simply burying a cat in the backyard, but pet urns are no longer simple wood or metal boxes.  Large cat urns are available today in a wide array of designs and materials, so you can memorialize your cat in a way that best represents their unique personality and life.

One exquisite example of the large cat urns available today is the Traditional Onyx Marbled Urn.  This urn is perfect for displaying on a shelf or anywhere you like; the swirled, colorful pattern consisting of burnt sienna, cream, soft green and black makes a beautiful addition to any room.  Since it is crafted of marble, it would also be suitable for outdoor use.

When your pet was a kitten, you likely had no idea how big it would be as an adult cat.  Some kittens grow up to be of average size, while others grow up to be a magnificent and almost regal looking because of their large size.  If your pet was bigger than the average size cat, you may be in search of large cat urns that are capable of holding the ashes of your beloved pet.  The Came, Purred, Conquered Rock Cat Urn is a suitable urn if you prefer to place your memorial outdoors, perhaps in a rock or flower garden, or in another area where your cat loved to relax and soak up the sunshine.

Many large cat urns are suitable for indoor or outdoor use; if your cat was more of a house cat, you may wish to create a display in their honor indoors.  This can be accomplished by simply surrounding the urn by his favorite toys and jewelry or keepsakes designed especially for pets.  If your pet preferred the outdoors, the perfect final resting place is in a favorite outdoor area.

From wood or resin to marble, glass or teakwood, there are large cat urns available today that will pay tribute to your pet in a loving, respectable manner.  At the same time, the styles, materials and designs allow you to choose something suitable for your own design and taste preferences.  Losing a cat is difficult and your cat was a special member of your family, a part of your life.  He deserves to be memorialized in a dignified, beautiful way.

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Your best friend’s pet died, and although you are not a pet owner yourself, you wonder how to comfort them through their grief.  Expressing sympathy for pet loss is not as hard as it may seem.  There are many things you can do to help comfort your friend during this time, and to help them recover from their sadness so that they can begin healing.

Now more than ever before, people consider pets a member of the family.  They love their loyal companions, and even sometimes treat them as almost human.  Thankfully, there are several sympathy phrases for pet loss, so that your friend feels that you care.  Some people feel silly that they get so upset and saddened by the death of a pet, because other people don’t seem to get so attached to pets.  This is another reason to express your sympathy – pet loss is much more devastating to some individuals than others.

Sending a sympathy card to your friend is always a good idea, and now cards are being designed that are directed specifically for the owners of pets.  You can always write a special letter that includes your heartfelt sympathy, or craft a poem in remembrance of your friends beloved pet.

Pet cremation jewelry is another idea that is growing in popularity.  There are hundreds of styles and designs available.  This jewelry is designed to hold a small portion of the cremains or other memento, helping the bereaved feel that they have a special remembrance to keep with them always.  You may also want to consider garden stones to be placed as a memorial, or even pet themed picture frames so that your friend can display a favorite special photo.

There are several great sayings that have been penned to help you express sympathy for pet loss.  You may want to have one or more of these expressions imprinted inside a special card, or simply write them yourself:

No one loves you unconditionally as your beloved pet. – Cynthia S. Dobesh

Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. – Author Unknown

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. – Helen Keller

Offering your sympathy for pet loss is a loving gesture toward your friend.  It gives them comfort, and helps them validate the loss and sadness they are feeling.  When you have a good friend that has lost a truly cherished pet, support them by giving something from your heart – sympathy.

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Pet Loss and Children

Pet Loss and Children

Explaining the death of a loved one or even the concept of dying to a child is one of the toughest things you will ever do.  When it comes to pet loss, children often perceive in their mind that a pet will be around for as long as the child is.  How can you comfort them, and explain in a way that they understand?  This may in fact be the first encounter with death of any kind for a child, so it should be handled in the right manner.

There are many considerations; in dealing with losing a pet, children of different age groups should be handled differently.  Honesty is always the best policy; you never want to make the child believe that your family pet simply wandered off, or that they “went to sleep” and didn’t wake up.  If a child is 10 or 11 years old, they often already understand that every living thing dies at some point.  Children of different ages also perceive the death of a pet differently.  For example:

A very young child, perhaps 3 or 4 years old, knows that the pet is a playmate.  When the pet dies, she will most likely miss it for a time, but may not experience much sadness or trauma like an older child would.  Children who are old enough to take care of feeding or walking a pet may experience guilt feelings.  In their mind, they may believe that they did something that caused the animal to become sick or die.  This is particularly true if the child ever had thoughts such as wishing they didn’t have to take care of  the pet.

With pet loss, children should understand that you are sad as well.  Never try to hide your emotions; be honest and open.  If you bury your pet or have him cremated, you may want to create a special memorial or “place” in the backyard where the child can visit him.  Explain to your child that time will heal their sadness and pain, and that one day they will have happy memories of their pet.  One mistake many parents make is getting a new pet almost immediately.  Don’t try to replace a pet your family loved deeply too soon.  Let your child grieve that pet, who was a special member of your family.

Children are extremely resilient and adaptable.  In fact, a young child will get over a devastating or sad experience like the loss of a pet quicker than most adults.  It is a good idea to explain death and dying to your children, in a gentle way.  When you lose a pet, it is important that children know what really happened, and that their pet is not in some magical place.  Honesty is always best; talk with your children openly, and tell them it is okay to feel sad or to cry.  This is sometimes the quickest way for a child to begin the healing process.

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Losing a Pet
Losing a beloved pet can be devastating for a loving owner who considers that pet a member of the family.  Grieving pet loss is an important process.  You need time to allow yourself to heal, and you must experience a range of emotions just as you do when a human family member passes.

Dealing with pet loss is easier for some than for others, depending upon how close you really were to your pet.  If you felt that your pet was just like a child to you, you will most likely feel many emotions in the weeks following your loss.  You may experience:

Guilt – Many times, pet owner feel that they should have done more, particularly if their beloved pet died in an accidental way.

Denial – You may feel the need to do away with any belongings related to your pet.  Others may feel that getting rid of anything related is somehow disrespectful.

Depression – As with people, it is natural to feel depressed for a period of time.  You may feel extremely sad, but you have lost a member of your family!  If your depression seems to go on for an abnormally long period of time, you may need to seek counseling.

You may also feel anger at some point, and eventually you will accept that fact that your close friend and forever loyal pal is gone.  This will come at your own pace, and the pain will heal although you will forever miss your pet.  Be open and honest about your feelings, and discuss what you feel with people close to you who will understand.  Talking with others helps to release some of those pent-up feelings inside.

Dealing with the loss of a pet can be very hard.  You may feel silly and think that others don’t understand why you are so upset because it was an animal.  Never feel that you should hide your emotions or try to suppress your feelings.  Your pet was perhaps your best friend, and one that never questioned you.  He/She loved you unconditionally, and was faithful through and through. Find words of sympathy that can help you say how you are feeling to someone who has lost a pet.

You have every right to grieve, and the process is a natural one.  One day, you will be able to remember your beloved pet with great pride and joy, and think of all the special memories you created together.

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