Memorializing a Beloved Pet
When a beloved pet passes away, the sense of loss can be as keen as that for the loss of any other family member. A pet can be unquestionably loyal and love you freely. When your time together is done, Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care, Inc. will help keep the memory of that companionship strong and cherished is an important and prime consideration.
Pets are more than just companions; they are also our friends. Spending everyday life with them makes them cherished family members and losing them is difficult. Make sure you have prepared a special way to remember and honor them when the time comes to let go.
A carved memorial or plaque can pay tribute to the years spent together. Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care, Inc. can provide guidance to help make sure your fond memories stay with you, while your pet receives proper representation in a memorial that truly symbolizes the spirit and devotion of your beloved companion, captured for all time.
Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care, Inc. can create pet grave markers to help you remember your companion. It is our commitment to provide granite for your pet monuments. These memorials are special ways to honor your pets. We know that they deserve only the best, and we guarantee that you can find a suitable marker in our gallery.
Do you want to construct a fitting memorial for your beloved pet? Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care, Inc. has a large selection of pet grave markers in their collection. Feel free to browse our pet monument portfolio for more ideas.
For those who have never had a companion animal, pet loss is often hard to understand. “After all,” many say, “it was just a cat … or a dog, bunny rabbit, hamster, budgie or any one of many possibilities.” Pet loss is often overlooked by society, so when an animal dies, owners grieve alone because they are afraid that they will be ridiculed, or thought to be crazy or stupid, because, after all it is “only a pet”.
And so, not surprisingly, grief counselors for pet loss are emerging. The loss of any relationship can cause intense pain, and even if others may not understand, a pet is often a significant and constant part of your life.
While there are many common factors in grief over any relationship, there are issues that are unique to the situation that often trouble the grieving pet lover.
A major issue is guilt, especially in those frequent situations where the pet owner had to decide to euthanize the animal or where the cat was killed by a speeding car or a veterinarian treatment was unsuccessful.
Vets may be the best judge of physical condition, but a pet owner is the best judge of her your pet’s quality of daily life. Seeing the constant pain, as well as having to undergo difficult and stressful treatments that doesn’t seem to be helping, one may choose to end a beloved companion’s suffering. Many veterinary offices have developed a very sensitive and caring process for the procedure which is sometimes done in an office, in the person’s home, or even on occasion in a person’s car.
As with a human death, there are many options as to what to do the the remains of a pet. Some alternatives are to leave the pet at the vets for disposal; to bury the animal at home (although city regulations often prohibit this, and it can be difficult if the person moves after a while); pet cemeteries provide dignity, security, and permanence at a cost; cremation is less expensive and provides many options to handle the ashes, again at a cost, including urns, jewelry, etc.
You may feel sadness that this constant companion who had provided a close connection was gone. One may express anger that the treatments the vet had promised would give a year or two of life (and that had cost a small fortune) had not worked and had caused more suffering. You may torment yourself with guilt over the fact that even though you know it was “the right thing to do”, that the decision you made, that you had killed your pet. Had you been too hasty? Could you have done more? And above all, the loneliness of missing the comfort and companionship that you had clung so desperately to.
So many people get so much love and delight from their beloved pets in life, and like any significant relationship, they grieve deeply for them when they are gone. But it is more than that. People often make pets living symbols of their inner feelings: for some, symbols of their own innocence and purest feelings and the need to care; for other symbols of aggression and dominance as I personally found out at age 10. Whether positive or negative, when that pet dies a treasured secret part of the person also dies.
Advice to help people through their grief of a pet is exactly the same as what is offered when a human companion die. Regardless, grief is probably the most confusing, frustrating and emotional thing that a person can experience. It is even more so for bereaved pet owners, when society in general does not give them “permission” to grieve openly. Consequently, they often feel isolated and alone. It is known as disenfranchised grief. Luckily, more and more resources are becoming available to help the bereaved pet owner realize that they are NOT alone and that what they are feeling is entirely normal.
Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care, Inc. understands the overwhelming sadness that results from losing a pet. Their entire professional staff is dedicated to meaningful ways to celebrate your pet’s life. They can help you have a ceremony whether it be a customized memorial service, a private good-bye, or burial services. Your pets will always be treated in a loving and dignified manner.