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Dealing with Grief

Preparing for Goodbye

Preparing for the loss of a pet can be a very difficult and emotional time. Knowing your options during this process can be a way to help you in this journey. Listed below are some questions to begin asking yourself as you begin this process and a description of what aftercare options are available for your beloved pet. Please let any of our staff know if you have additional questions in preparing for the loss of your pet.

Scheduling the Appointment

We are willing to work with you and your family to accommodate your needs. Please call us to discuss your wishes.

The Procedure

Because this can be a difficult decision and an overwhelming process, we would like to make it as simple and comfortable for you as possible. One way we are able to do this is by knowing your preferences ahead of time. These preferences can include, but are not limited to: whether or not you would like to be present during the procedure and whom you would like to be involved during this process.

Aftercare Options

There are several options available to you. We are providing you with a brief description so that you and your family can decide which option is best for you. The first option you may want to consider is having your pet cremated and his/her ashes returned to you. The next option would be to have your pet cremated and have his/her ashes buried in a memorial garden at Pet Rest, which is the crematorium we use. This memorial garden can also be visited. Another option would be to take Fluffy home for a private burial. *Please check your city regulations regarding at-­home burial. The final option would be Pet Angel which is an independently-­‐owned memorial and cremation service. This company, in addition to cremation services, also offers memorial services and, if you are interested, they can also coordinate a burial at Forever Friends, which is the only pet-­‐specific cemetery in our area. They do also offer a variety of personalized keepsakes and urns.

For any additional information, please contact us at 317-257-­5334. We are here to assist you during this time. Below are some helpful PDF documents.

Defining Quality of Life

10 Tips on Coping with the Loss of a Pet

Euthanasia—The Most Painful Decision

Helping Children Cope

Memorializing a Pet