Fond Farewells to Pets—Creative Goodbyes Help Heal the Heart

By Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I’ve been touched by several beautiful farewells to pets in recent months.

Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is THE most difficult, but inevitable right of passage a pet parent or family endures.

There’s no easy way to ease the pain, before, during or after.

However, in the hours, days and weeks that follow a pet’s passing, what helps us heal the most is finding ways to keep their memory alive.

In this week’s episode of Pet Living TV, I share a few of the sweetest, most heartfelt ways people have chosen to remember or to bid a fond farewell to their pet. The story is uplifting, not a downer, so please watch in honor of all the pets we’ve had to part with.

I spoke to several pet parents who’ve recently lost a pet and we generally agree that there are two essential parts of the grieving process. First, sharing your experience and feelings with others who can lend a sympathetic ear is a healthy way to acknowledge and express your loss.  Second, preparing a memorial, privately or publicly is another step toward healing.

Five years ago this summer, we bid farewell to our Buckley Brown. Here’s one of the ways we shared a public farewell with friends and family. Back then, I cried every time I watched it. Today, I just smile and my heart is warmed. 🙂

How have you said goodbye to a pet? What made your heart more content? Please share with all of us in the comments, as the day will come again when we have to find a perfect way to say farewell. One of your ideas might be the perfect fit.

Petfully,

Kristen Levine

P.S. Here are links to the memorial ideas I shared in Today’s Pet Living TV episode:

Blog Farewell

Farewell Pet Kit

Tailspin Jewelry

Smilebox

P.P.S. This week’s photo from Dunedin Daily Photo by Wayne Smaridge

  • Quite ironic I should receive this e-mail about “pet farewells” today. My family said goodbye just last night to one of our beloved cats, who had been diagnosed with cancer. I found much relief though in knowing she was no longer suffering. I witnessed her health quickly deteriarate over the last two weeks and knew she would be much better crossing over the Rainbow Bridge. I knew we had to think of “her” and not us. As a stray I had picked up in a parking lot on a cold winter night, I knew I had done her a wonderful deed and we took good care of her for the 11 and 1/2 years she was with us.

    • Doris,
      I’m so sorry for your recent loss of your cat. What a lucky kitty she was for you to have found her and made her part of your family for all those years.

  • cas123

    I sent thank you notes to the vet both to let them know, and to share my sadness. I enclosed a poem that I chose that reminded me of each kitty that passed. So hard, but it gave me some closure.

    • Yes, just sharing the feeling of loss, and memories can help to heal. Thank you for sharing that with us.