If you've ever lived through the experience of pet loss, you know that the death of a beloved pet can be one of the hardest things you'll go through in life. That's why when a friend's pet dies, you'll feel strongly compelled to reach out to your grieving friend and offer support and understanding. Indeed, one of the most thoughtful things you can do for someone who's bet has dies is to let them know you understand their pain. In addition to your support and friendship in the bereaved pet guardian's time of need, you may find that a sympathy gift can bring comfort and healing to the both of you. Here are five thoughtful sympathy gift ideas for someone grieving the loss of a pet.
Sympathy Gifts for Someone Whose Pet Has Just Died
These sympathy gifts for someone whose cat or dog has just passed away can bring hope and comfort to a friend or loved one coping with pet loss.
1. Painted Pet Portrait
For people grieving the loss of a pet, a portrait or drawing of the furry friend can be hung in a place of honor in the home.
If you have some artistic skills such as drawing or painting, do a portrait of your friend's pet is a thoughtful sympathy gift to help her remember her furry friend. There are also freelance artists available online who could pain a picture of your friend's pet, if you aren't a good drawer or painter. The artist will need a photo of the pet in order to do the portrait. You may have to ask your friend's family member's to help you find a picture of her cat or dog if you don't have one in your own collection of photos.
2. Books on Coping with the Loss of a Pet
Many people turn to self-help books to cope with grief after a loved one, including a furry friend, passes away.
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3. Memorial Stone to Honor a Beloved Pet
Creating a special spot in the garden to help honor her pet may help your friend deal with her grief.
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4. Special Urn or Box to Keep the Pet's Ashes
Many people have their pets cremated when they die.
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5. Time to Talk and Share Her Feelings
Just being with your friend after her pet dies is one of the greatest gifts you can give during her difficult loss.
One of the hardest things about coping with the death of a pet is the feeling that everyone will think you are over-reacting. And sometimes people do say insensitive things to people coping with the loss of a pet: 'It was just an animal. It's not like your mother just died!" That's why being a non-judgmental, empathetic friend is on of the best gifts you can give to someone whose pet has just died.
The Kindest Giftf of All: Just Listening
A walk to a favorite spot your friend enjoyed visiting with her pet may help ease her pain.
Understand the Grieving Process
Learn more about what your friend might be experiencing after her pet dies.
If you have never had to cope with the loss of a pet, you may find it helpful to read articles on pet loss before you visit your friend and offer comfort and support. Here are some articles that can give you insights on the many different emotions your friend might be feeling as she comes to terms with the loss of her pet.