National Pet Memorial Day
Today is National Pet Memorial Day
Pets often take a piece of our heart when they pass. If you've lost a pet and it's been especially difficult (or you know it will be difficult when your current pet passes), we recommend finding a way to memorialize your pet. This can be a way to help you heal and grieve the loss of your friend.
Some ideas for memorializing your pet might include:
A small garden memorial.
Plant a tree.
Do a small memorial service with family and friends who knew your pet.
Donate to an animal organization (money or items).
What would you include on this list? How have you remembered your pet who has passed?
We here at Pet Care Plus are dedicated to bringing resources to people in our service area and beyond. If you have experienced a loss of a pet we recommend some of the resources below.
Cornell University - College of Veterinary Medicine - Pet Loss Support Hotline
This hotline (607-253-3932) is open Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6pm to 9pm Eastern (3pm to 6pm Pacific). They include links to other hotlines on the link above and also resources for grieving.
Grief Beyond Belief - Pet Sector
A support group for those who do not have belief in a higher power or an afterlife.
The site includes a chat room, message board, search for pet loss support groups, books, information pages, and more.
The Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement
This site includes resources for both people who have lost a pet and for those who help those who are dealing with the loss of a pet. This site includes chat rooms, resource lists, online pet memorials, and more.
The Pet Loss Support Page
The main page has a list of 10 Tips on Coping with Pet Loss. There are other articles as well about caring for a sick pet, creating memorials, and more.