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Words Can Help Heal – Sending a Pet Loss Card

Anyone who has ever owned a pet knows that no matter how small an animal, they each have their own personality. Animals appreciate you. They look forward to seeing you every day. They make you feel desired and necessary. They can get you out of a funk. It is not surprising that we become attached to our pets.

Losing a pet is one of the most difficult things a pet owner will face. When someone loses a husband, parent or child, we automatically think of sending a card. We sometimes underestimate the importance of sending a pet loss card to a loved one. It is just as important to show attention by sending a sincere message. Simple words can mean so much to someone. It is comforting for someone who has lost a pet to know that their loved ones recognize their loss and respect their feelings of grief. The support of close friends and family during any loss can facilitate the process.

There are many ways to express sympathy in a pet loss card. Here are some tips when writing comfort words in a pet loss card:

1. Make sure to use your pet’s name. Instead of saying “sorry for your dog”, say “sorry to hear about Max”.

2. If you have a specific story that your loved one has already talked about, mention it. This shows that you care about the life of the animal and that not only did you listen, but you were thoughtful enough to remember it.

3. According to your friend’s beliefs, mentioning that the animal is in paradise can be comforting.

4. Most of the time, pet owners feel guilty about having to euthanize an animal. It is important to let them know what good pet owners they were. Remind your loved one of how great he was for his pet and all the special little things he did to make his pet feel special and loved.

5. Volunteer your time. Mention that you are available anytime to grab a bite to eat, go out for coffee, or just listen. It helps not to be alone when you are grieving. While many things are probably not exactly fun right now, doing things to keep your loved one’s mind out of losing their pet can help the healing process.

No matter what you choose to say, personalize it. Remember that this pet has played a huge role in your loved one’s life and that your words mean more than you think.

by Lisa Falsetti

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