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Coping With the Loss of a Dear Pet

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Pets quickly become part of the family. Unfortunately, the life span of dogs, cats, and most other animals is much shorter than that of humans. While we know we’ll eventually have to say good-bye to our beloved animal friends, that doesn’t reduce the grief when the time comes.

The animal-human bond is very strong. One of the best ways to get through the pain of losing your furry friend is to focus on the good times that you shared, and to not think too much about how they passed. Many pet owners will lean on a friend or even their veterinarian during this difficult time. Vets are usually very understanding, as they deal with clients losing pets almost every day. They know how to support and comfort a grieving pet parent.

It can also be comforting to find ways to memorialize your pet. Some veterinary clinics will save a clipping of hair or fur if you request it, or they can take a paw print with ink or in a plaster material. For many pet parents, having something tangible to remember their pet by offers peace and comfort during this devastating time. “It’s heartbreaking to lose your animal friend that you’ve had with you for many years,” said Robert Bigelow, General Manager of River Hills Memorial Park. “While our facility doesn’t currently offer pet services, I know there are some in the area that do.”

When a pet crosses the Rainbow Bridge, some decisions have to be made about how the animal will be laid to rest. Some owners choose to cremate the body, so they have ashes to keep or to spread in an area the animal used to enjoy. Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Elmhurst is one location that offers pet cemetery services for owners who want the opportunity to visit their pet’s grave. For more information, please contact:

River Hills Memorial Park

1650 S. River Street

Batavia, IL 60510

Phone: 630-879-7400

www.riverhills-memorialpark.com