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Grieving the Loss of a Pet During the Holiday Season


In just a few short days, families will be gathering to carve turkeys and share festive feasts. And not long after, the holiday season will be in full swing. While it’s a magical and joyous time of year for most folks, it can be incredibly painful for someone who is grieving the loss of a beloved pet. 

If you have recently lost a pet and are struggling, your feelings are valid and completely normal. While there is nothing we can do to take away your pain, we would like to share a few tips for making it through the holiday season after losing a pet. Read on to discover some helpful advice from A Pet’s Farewell

Don’t Be Afraid to Say “No”

It’s okay to say “no” to holiday get-togethers or to skip putting up a Christmas tree. If you aren’t feeling the holiday spirit, you don’t need to force yourself to do anything just for the sake of keeping up traditions. There’s always next year! 

Find a Way to Honor Your Pet

Consider lighting a candle during your holiday meal to honor your pet. Or take turns sharing fond memories of your furry friend. You could also donate food or toys to a local animal shelter in your pet’s honor or have a special ornament made to memorialize them

Make Time for Self-Care

Don’t get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season that you forget to take time for yourself. Self-care is always essential, but it’s even more vital when you are working through a difficult loss. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and eating a healthy diet. Take time for relaxing and enjoyable activities, too. Whether it’s taking a hot bubble bath or getting lost in a good book, taking care of yourself is crucial. 

Closing Thoughts

If you are struggling to cope with the loss of a pet, know that your feelings are normal. Make time for yourself, and do what you feel is right. Try not to let the stress of the season get to you and make your grief more painful than it already is. 

Losing a pet during the holiday season is never easy. If you think your pet may be nearing the end of their life, we can help. Contact us today to learn more about our in home euthanasia services. 


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