Dog Illnesses Death And Grief

"Animal funerals"

Canine illness

Dog illnesses can easily lead to an unexpected death of your beloved dog. It is best to prepare ahead of time for both the death of a pet and how to help a friend or family member in his/her grief. There is more to suffering from the loss of a pet than just loneliness. 

Sick dog is dying deceased pet care cost

Unfortunately we must also consider the practical side of dealing with dog illnesses and the burial as well as the emotional. This is often very difficult and nearly impossible when a tragic death happens suddenly and unexpectedly.

There is the cost of cremation to be considered if that is what they choose, or a burial site if you prefer to have a funeral because a lot of people are choosing animal funerals to help with the closure. Pet care cost may also include a coffin and a marker.

Do not be mistaken and think this is not important to the pet owner. This are matters that must be dealt with but must also be approached properly. Included below is an article written by the respected Rev. Dale Susan Edmonds, a Family Communication Coach. Please visit her site for more information and help.

Dog illnesses can turn for the worse quickly

Our Pets, Our Grief
Few people give credit to the power of grief in relationship to our pets. We form attachments to these creatures that we care for and nurture for years. The connections were not one-sided. Our furry friends or (canine-kids) provide companionship, comfort, entertainment and joy beyond all calculations.

All animals are not created equal in our eyes. There are some that we choose (or choose us) to enter our hearts and emotional homes. This deep attachment and concern can easily be considered “love”. When they die, our grief is as real as any profound loss. Your pet was important and your loss is real, it is appropriate that you mark the occasion in a way that is meaningful for you and your family.

Some people have special burial locations or rituals. Some people will share stories of remembrance or funny times. Some have a special photo area in their home.

Grief is different for everyone
Your sadness and tears are not wrong. The healing of the loss and the emptiness will take time. Be mindful that our grieving will impact different people in the family in ways according to their age and situation in life. For a child, the loss of a pet may be their first experience with death.

You will need to take all the time you can to answer their questions and provide accurate information. Remember, young childrenare still “literalistic” in their understanding of the world, so be very careful with the language and images that you use. “Putting a dog to sleep” is not helpful language for a child who may develop a fear of going to sleep themselves.

For an elderly member of your family, the loss may be even more profound. It may be the end of a long, long relationship together. It may be one of a number of losses that they are experiencing in their current stage of life, so their grieving may be deeper than you can imagine. Be sure and talk to the senior citizens in your family about emergency plans for their pets. 

What Do You Do With Someone Else’s Grief
Say you are sorry for their loss. Tell them that you can see (or know) how important their pet was to them. Ask some questions to see if they want to talk about their pet. Listen to their stories. Acknowledge and honor their feelings.

What Do You Do With Your Own Grief
Don’t give yourself a timeline to “get over it” – grieving happens in its own time and its own way. Your grief may not be like someone else’s, so if they don’t understand, give
yourself permission to do what you need to ease the hurt. Remember to celebrate the life of your beloved pet and the joy that they brought to your life.

Rev. Dale Susan Edmonds, Founder of Talk-Early-Talk-Often, dedicated to teaching
how to talk to aging parents about the future.


Dog illnesses can happen quickly

As we age we are not always as aware or as alert as we should be. Always be aware of any dog illnesses also notice changes and watch for symptoms. You may spot something the senior or child hasn't noticed and be able to spare the dogs life and much family grief all around. Or you may be able to prepare for the inevitable death of the pet.


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