Acknowledge your grief Below are a few suggestions to help with the loss of your four-legged family member.

         Acknowledge your grief

o   Give yourself permission to grieve

o   Don鈥檛 feel bad about grieving 

         Talk through it

o   Find someone to talk to and reminisce with about your pet

o   Children will also want to talk about the pet

o   Write about it in a journal 

         Address any feelings of guilt

o   Don鈥檛 see it as taking your pet鈥檚 life but as a privilege and gift to spare them for the end stages of dying which can cause lots of pain and suffering (need to paraphrase better) 

         Consider having a ceremony

o   Help children with remembrances like drawing a picture or a make a clay paw print 

         Take your time grieving.

o   Everyone grieves differently

o   Don鈥檛 feel rushed to get over your grief 

         Tie up loose ends

o   Talk with your vet if you have lingering questions about how your pet died 

         Memorialize your pet

o   Find a meaningful to you way to honor your pet

  Plant a tree in their honor

  Volunteer

  Make a donation to a favorite charity