Anyone who has lost a pet can attest to the fact that losing a beloved animal can be extremely difficult.
"I was one of those people who laughed at people who lost animals and were desolate ... until I had my own dog," grief counselor Reverend Betsy Salunek told Reuters. "We go through the same stages of grief when we lose a pet."
Experts say that condolence cards, letters and sending flowers are all appropriate ways to acknowledge the loss of a pet.
Sympathy flower arrangements can help brighten a grieving pet owner's day and offer a cheerful message.
Plants and other green sympathy flowers offer those who have lost their "best friend" something to nurture in memory of their loss.
Above all, those who have lost an animal say that acknowledging their loss and validating their feelings of sadness is important.
Stores now stock greeting cards for those dealing with the death of a pet, but standard condolence phrases such as "thinking of you in your time of loss," "may your memories be your comfort" and "our thoughts are with you" are acceptable for the loss of a pet as well.
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