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4-23-18 VIP Pet Casket Pink or Blue size Medium We ordered this casket for our sweet baby fur daughter last Saturday- she passed away last Monday. We ordered it the Saturday before because we knew it was not long before she passed. This casket came in perfect condition and was absolutely wonderful. It was beautiful, well-made, sturdy, and beyond perfect for our darling little puppy angel. I was so proud of it. Thank you for the time and the thoughtfulness that you put into it- We do not have children and so our fur babies are our life. It was heartbreaking but your casket helped with some of the pain. I highly recommend. Love you all. Michelle

4-17-18 Deluxe Pink Medium Pet Casket I just have to say it is going to be very hard on me and my dear husband to see our little sweet 14 year old Yorkie pass on. She had been so very very ill the pass few months now and it is time to get her little body out of all this pain. It hurts so bad to let her go but it is best for her and I am sure she will understand some how. I have had five dogs and two cats and they are all buried and I was so happy to see y'all had a pink little casket just the perfect size for all the toys and balls and whatever she loved will fit inside with her little sweet chelsea. Thanks for having these great little caskets made for all the sweet little girl and boy dogs and cats out there. We will rest knowing she is in Gods hands and playing with all the other little puppies that have passed on. Rose and Eddie Sutherland

3-20-18 Value Large Pet Casket When our 13 old cat, Sidney, suddenly died of heart failure we were determined not to have him cremated. Having used 'Pets We Loved' before, we turned to them for the excellent service & products they offer. The product does help to ease the pain. John B

2-20-18 Deluxe Silver Medium Pet Casket The Tribute is my second purchase. I purchased a small with interior in Silver four years ago and a medium size last week with silver lining. The quality excellent and consistent from my purchase 4 years ago. These caskets are truly a Tribute to our beloved pets or as I call my 4 legged children. Thank you so much"Pets We Loved" for your fast shipping. Regards Susanne

1-30-18 Rainbow Bridge Granite Photo Pet Marker Excellent quality. Very nice tribute for my best friend that I miss so much. Have recommend stone to a friend who will be ordering soon. Thank you for your kind service. N/A

A Pet is a Family Member Too

 

A pet is a member of the family. The term, "man's best friend," brings to mind unconditional love, constant companionship and acceptance. And why shouldn't it? Your pet can take you for a walk, listen when you need someone to talk to, or even guard your house. A pet can also lower your blood pressure, change your heart rate, or alleviate feelings of chronic loneliness. With this capacity to love your pet comes the necessity to grieve when that "best friend" dies. The death of a pet is, without a doubt, a traumatic experience.

A Pet's Death is Traumatic

No, it's not "just a dog" or "just a cat." The animal is a family member. With the death of a pet the family experiences a very great loss. A difficult problem, however, is that society often denies you the need to grieve for your pet. You may even be chastised for openly and honestly expressing your feelings. As a result, you may bury, hide or even try to ignore your grief. This is not good; grief should be expressed. Although denied understanding and support, your family needs to grieve the death of their pet. Grieving means to express your feelings, no matter how painful.

Cliches Don't Help You Heal

Your family will probably be greeted with many chiches your pet dies. Cliches are trite comments intended to diminish the loss by providing simple solutions to difficult realities. Comments like: "It was just a dog," or "You can always get another one," or "Be glad you don't have to take care of him anymore," are not constructive. Instead they hurt and make your family's journey through grief more difficult.

Memories are Very Helpful

Memories are one of the best legacies in the death of a pet. Talk about and embrace these memories. Your pet entertained, comforted, frustrated and always loved you. Remember those times. If your memories bring laughter, smile. If they bring sadness, cry. Remember, though, memories made in love can never be taken away.

Your Emotions Will Be Very Mixed

When your pet dies, you will probably experience a variety of emotions: confusion, disorganization, sadness, explosive emotions or guilt. Don't repress these feelings, and ignore anyone who tells you that you should. Don't over-analyze your response. Just allow your feelings to find expression. As strange as some of these feelings may seem, they are normal and healthy. Each family member probably had a unique relationship with the pet. Allow for different emotional responses within the family, and be careful to respect each person's need to grieve in his or her own way.

Should You Choose Euthanasia?

When you love your pet, no question is more difficult than whether or not to euthanize. Yet this difficult choice is often the right one, particularly if your pet is in agonizing pain or the quality of life has deteriorated. Talk to your veterinarian about euthanasia. Fortunately, humane procedures can end needless suffering for both you and your pet. The intravenous drug used for euthanasia does not cause pain. After visiting with your vet, make your decision based on your own good judgment. If you have always treated your pet with gentleness and love, you will make a wise choice based upon reality. Some owners want to be present when their pets are euthanized. Some do not. Do what you feel is right for you and the family. Whichever choice you make, you may still want to spend some special time saying "good-bye" to your pet.

Rituals Can Be Helpful

Allowing and encouraging your family to have a funeral for the pet can be helpful. It provides a time to acknowledge the loss, share memories of the pet, and create a focus for the family to openly express emotions. While some friends or even family members may think having a funeral for your pet is foolish, don't let them take this special time away. Design a ritual that best meets your needs as you gather to pay tribute to your pet who was and always will be loved. Children Need to be Involved

The death of a pet is often the first opportunity parents have to help children during times of grief. Unfortunately, parents often don't want to talk about the death, assuming that bydoing so the children will be spared some of the pain and sadness. Children, however, are entitled to grieve for their pets. Any child old enough to love is old enough to grieve. Many children love their pets with all their hearts. To them their pet is their "best friend." They need to grieve.

Premature Replacement Can Cause Problems

The temptation after the death of a pet may be to run out and get another one right away. In fact, you are often encouraged by family and friends. Although it may sound like a good idea, you should be careful about premature replacement. You need some time to grieve and to heal when your pet dies. A new pet demands your energy and attention which at some point you may be ready and willing to give. Right now, however, you should first attend to your grief.

Be especially careful about premature replacement of pets with children. It sends a message to a child that says when something is lost all that you have to do is buy another one. In reality, that is often not the case. It also devalues the significance of the pet that just died. While there is no specific timetable for when to get a new pet, when in doubt --wait. Allow additional healing to occur. When the family is ready for a new pet, involve the children in the discussion and selection. You will know when it is time for another pet.

Follow your instincts.

 

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