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Letting Go

It can be one the hardest decisions you will ever have to make and the most heartbreaking. Information on euthanasia, coping with the death of your pet, expressions of sympathy when other lose a pet

Saying Goodbye star
While losing a life-long canine companion may often be a childīs first experience with death, loss of a beloved pet is something that most dog lovers will experience time and time again during their own lifetime.

Sympathy Cards star
Send a sympathy card to someone whoīs greiving over the loss of a dear pet.

The Long Goodbye star[offsite link]
Losing a pet is never easy. Losing one that has been very special to you can be as painful as it can be life changing. Read more about losing a beloved pet on this site in memory of an Irish Setter.

Abbey Glen - Pet Memorial Parks star[offsite link]
Memorial Parks providing individual cremation & burial services for loyal animal companions, with state-of-the-art crematories, caskets, markers and urns.

Coping with the Death of Your Pet star[offsite link]
When a beloved pet dies, itīs not unusual to feel overwhelmed by the intensity of your sorrow. Animals provide companionship, acceptance, emotional support, and unconditional love. If you understand and accept this bond between humans and animals, youīve taken the first step toward coping with pet loss - knowing that it is okay to grieve when your pet dies.

Euthanasia .... What to Expect star[offsite link]
All pet owners want their petīs last moments to be comfortable and stress free. We always fear loosing precious pets that mean so much to us. Sadly, that time does come. For those of you who have had no experience with euthanasia of a pet, a caring veteranarian offers guidelines so that you will have some idea of what will happen.

Final Care of Your Petīs Body star[offsite link]
Facing the death of your pet is sad and stressful, and having to decide what to do with the body often adds to that stress. As emotionally draining as the decision can be, it helps to know that there are alternatives to choose from, depending on practical, legal, financial, emotional, and spiritual considerations.

Gone to Dog Star star[offsite link]
A free internet memorial community for all dogs who have Gone to DogStar and wait for us there. Each dog has a twinkling star in the cyber night sky that leads to itīs own memorial page. Write a tribute and send it by email. You may include a picture (gif or jpg) or send a photo and theyīll scan it for you. This is good therapy If youīre grieving the loss of a beloved friend.

Heartfelt star
Losing a child is devastating, even if that child has four legs and is covered in fur. For most of us, dogs are not just pets; they're members of the family and when they die, you experience significant, traumatic loss. Each person is different & situation is unique. Learn the 7 stages of grief.

Hospice Care- Ending Life With Compassion star[offsite link]
When a pet is in the advanced stages of cancer, kidney failure, or other terminal diseases when treatment causes pets pain or make them ill, with no hope of curing the disease. Pet owners have the option of stopping aggressive treatment and letting their pet comfortably end itīs life in the loving, intimate surroundings of their home through hospice care. Hospice is not a specific place, but a philosophy that promotes an alternative to death in an impersonal, clinical hospital environment.

In Memory of Fritz star
My precious dog, Fritz, has lost his battle with cancer. Fritz was more than a beloved pet. He was my devoted companion, my furry gray child and my protector. I was his mom, his care giver and his life long friend.

In Memory of Pets star[offsite link]
This beautiful, free and permanent pet loss site offers guidance & support to let you know you donīt have to grieve alone after a pet loss. Express your feelings from your heart with a Pet Loss Tribute/Memorial, share a pet family story, or light a candle in loving memory to a dear pet. A picture and special midi music can be added. Each pawprint leads to a page full of names in the clouds which are links to a petīs tribute.

Lightening-Strike Pet Loss Support Message Board star[offsite link]
If your pet has died or is dying and you need to "talk", visit this wonderful online forum/support group.

Pet Loss Support Hotline star[offsite link]
For help in dealing with the death of a pet, call the UC Davis Pet Loss Support Hotline. Itīs staffed by compassionate people who understand the emotional attachment people form with their pets.

Rainbow Bridge star[offsite link]
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. Read "The Rainbow Bridge" and honor your departed furbaby at this virtual memorial home.

Remember Our Pets.Com star[offsite link]
Share the cherished memories of your pet with other pet owners and create a special place you can return to visit again and again. Open a free account, enter your petīs information and photo plus a message from you. Choose a virtual headstone and scenery for your petīs virtual resting place.

The Journey Through Grief star[offsite link]
This special page, part of In Memory of Pets, describes the general steps of grieving. Grief is a perfectly normal human process. It has a beginning, a middle and an end. This does not imply that you will not feel sad sometimes in remembering the loss of your pet, but the sharp, sometimes painful feelings will diminish with time and are often replaced by memories of happier days when you and your pet shared life together. Read more...

The Pet Park Memorial Pages star[offsite link]
Pet listings are free, but they accept donations to keep the site up. Choose a background, then use the submission form. To view the memorial pages, select a letter to see an alphabetical listing of pet names.

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