How To Help Someone Who Lost A Pet
Losing a pet is like losing a family member. Owners and pets often develop strong bonds of companionship that people who have never had pets struggle to understand. You experience genuine grief at the loss and need some time to recover. At Charles J. O’ Shea Funeral Home, we encourage to support friends or family members who have lost their pets. Here's a look at what you can do:
1. Take their Grief Seriously
It is easy to underestimate just how impactful this loss can be. Instead of dismissing their pain, take it seriously. Listen to them, offer support, distract them, and do everything you would have done if they had lost a person. Consistent support will help them recover and find some stability in you.
2. Find Support Groups
There are several active support groups set up for pet owners. The grieving individual can interact with owners who have gone through the same pain. These groups are active online and offer advice on things like coping mechanisms. Support groups are a great way for owners to reconnect with people and start moving on.
3. Hold a Memorial Service
Many people think it is silly to hold memorial service for a cat or dog, but it can help with the healing process. A small service involving close friends and family members along with a short burial can help. People often bury the pet’s ashes in their backyard but you can also scatter them if needed. A small get-together will show your friend that you take their pain seriously and are ready to support them through this difficult time.
If you want to know more about grief, memorial services, or cremation, don't hesitate to contact us at Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.