Our goal within this section is to hopefully help our clients with the painful decisions they may be faced with, and the grieving process of losing a pet.

Losing a pet is losing a family member. It is not easy and grieving is necessary. Everyone is different in their grieving process and we encourage families to allow everyone in the family to grieve differently.
Defining "Quality of Life" - by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed.
Whenever one considers the painful choice of euthanasia, one is always advised to take the pet's "quality of life" into account. But what is "quality of life"? How can you determine whether a pet is still experiencing a good quality of life -- or whether its level of suffering is no longer acceptable?

That decision is individual to every pet, and every owner.

The Grieving Process
You have had your pet for 10 years...12 years....19 years... That is a very strong relationship you have built, especially since your pet has only desired to please you and give you companionship. Take the time to grieve that special relationship and friendship. You have spent more time with your pet than many of your extended family and friends, so why treat the death any differently than another family member or friend? If you are worried that coworkers will judge you or you are not comfortable telling them your pet passed, tell them you have had a death in the family and you need some time-you have had a death in your family.

At the time of euthanasia, each family will receive a clay paw print to remember their beloved pet, along with pet loss and grief information.

Below are some suggestions of things to do with your paw print:
  • Punch a hole in the top and after it is baked, hang it on your wall over your pet's favorite spot.
  • Use it as a paper weight on your desk.
  • Place it in your garden or your pets favorite outside spot (be sure to glaze appropriately).
  • As an activity for children, decorate with stones or jewels and paint with special colors.
Remember to talk to family members about how they are grieving. If they are not ready to talk, that is okay, too. Try to remember that everyone greives differently. One way to try and help someone open up would be to share funny stories about your pet. Was he/she a good puppy or kitten?
Helping Children Cope
We are often asked whether or not children should be present for euthanasia. Our answer is always the same, it is a very personal decision and everyone has different schools of thought.

For more help on deciding if your children should be present, please contact your pediatrician.

Taking time to Grieve
Losing a pet can be similar to losing a family member.
It is not an easy thing to experience and grieving is necessary. Everyone is different in their grieving process and I encourage families to allow everyone in the family to grieve differently.

Take time to grieve the special relationship you had with your pet. Some people spend more time with their pet than extended family members and friends, so treat the loss accordingly.



One suggestion is to plant a flowering perennial in honor of your pet. Every spring, when the plant blooms, you can be reminded of your loved pet.
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