Pet Loss and the Holidays

One of my own sweet angels, Marie

I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. Losing a pet can be a difficult and emotional experience, especially during the holiday season. However, it’s important to remember that you are not alone and that there are ways to celebrate the holidays while still honoring your pet’s memory. You can do this!

Here are a few tips to help you celebrate the holidays while grieving the loss of your pet angel:

  1. Create a memorial: Consider creating a memorial for your pet. This could be a special ornament, a photo album, or a scrapbook. You could also light a candle in their memory or create a special place in your home where you can remember them.
  1. Volunteer: Volunteering at an animal shelter or rescue organization can be a great way to honor your pet’s memory and also therapeutic for yourself. If that is more than you can handle, donating to an animal charity in their name can be a little gift to their memory..
  1. Spend time with loved ones: Surrounding yourself with loved ones can be a great way to find comfort during the holidays. That doesn’t mean it needs to be family, either, just people who share your same heart (this is why volunteering at a shelter can benefit you as well, you all love animals.) It is ok to share the stories and memories of your pet with family and friends.
  1. Take care of yourself: Grieving is a process, and it’s important to take care of yourself during this time. Make sure to get enough rest, eat well, and exercise. But go beyond that. Set boundaries, buy yourself a holiday present, be ok with saying ‘no’.
  1. Celebrate your pet’s life: Finally, remember to celebrate your pet’s life. While it’s natural to feel sad during the holidays, it’s also important to remember the joy and happiness that your pet brought to your life. 

If you need, here are some reputable sources that can provide additional support and guidance:

I hope these tips and resources are helpful. Remember to take things one day at a time and to be kind to yourself during this difficult time.

With love,


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