Words Can Help Heal
Anyone that has ever owned a pet knows that no matter how small an animal is, they each have their very own personality. Pets appreciate you. They look forward to seeing you daily. They make you feel wanted and needed. They can get you out of a funk. It is no wonder that we get attached to our pets.
Losing a pet is one of the hardest things that a pet owner will ever have to face. When someone loses a husband, a parent, or a child, we automatically think to send a card. We sometimes underestimate the importance of sending a pet loss card to a loved one. It is equally important to show you care by sending a heartfelt message. Simple words can mean so much to someone. It is comforting to a person 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 make the process a little easier to go through.
There are many way to express sympathy in a pet loss card. Here are some tips when writing words of comfort in a pet loss card:
1. Make sure to use your loved one's pet name. Instead of saying "sorry about your dog", say "sorry to hear about Max".
2. If you have a specific story that your loved one ever talked about, mention it. It shows that you cared about the life of the animal and that not only were you listening, you were thoughtful enough to remember it.
3. Depending on your friend's beliefs, mentioning the pet being in heaven can be comforting.
4. A lot of the time, pet owners feel some sort of guilt for having to euthanize a pet. It is important to let them know what good pet owners they were. Remind your loved one how awesome they were to their pet, and all the special little things they did to make their pet feel loved and special.
5. Offer your time. Mention that you are available any time to get a bite to eat, go out for coffee, or just listen. It helps not to be alone when you're grieving. Although a lot of things probably aren't exactly fun right away, doing things to keep your loved one's mind off of the loss of her pet can help with the healing process.
No matter what you choose to say, make it personal. Remember that this pet played a huge role in your loved one's life, and that your words mean more than you might know.