Showing all posts in category: Pet Loss

  • Help pets to grieve

    Posted on April 28th, 2020

    The loss of a pet can be a very emotional time for both humans and other pets in the household. We take a look at the important steps to help pets grieve and to help your pet cope with the loss of a cherished furry friend.  As pet owners, one of the toughest experiences is… Read More

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  • How to keep your dog safe from pet theft

    Posted on February 11th, 2020

    Pet theft is a very unfortunate reality that pet owners across the UK have to face. The Direct Line has estimated that more than five dog thefts were reported per day in 2018. The hope is with a greater understanding of the risks of pet theft, dog owners are in a much stronger position to… Read More

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  • How to help your child cope with the death of a pet

    Posted on February 4th, 2020

    The death of a pet is a traumatic event that even most adults find difficult to handle. It can be a painfully raw experience, especially if it’s your child’s first encounter with death. Feelings of loss, sadness, confusion, and even, in part, guilt and anger can all throw into the mix. Because of the death’s… Read More

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  • My pet is getting older and I dread the day I will have to say goodbye!

    Posted on January 29th, 2020

    Unfortunately, virtually every pet owner will experience the death of a beloved pet. Whether this is from accident, illness or old age. As our pets age, it is common to worry about the dreadful day of when he / she is passes away. This feeling of dread can grow, causing anxiety and stress that can… Read More

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  • I have a paralysing fear that I am going to lose my dog

    Posted on November 19th, 2019

    It will come as no surprise that petloss is a common cause of concern for pet owners. These feelings increase as our pets age or become ill. As we let our imagination take over we can begin to experience real feelings of loss and pain. These are the signs of anticipatory grief. What is happening… Read More

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  • 5 Tips for Letting Go of Guilt After Pet Loss

    Posted on November 11th, 2019

    Guest Post by Kamira Gayle, Author & Creator of –A blog about finding joy, life inspiration and comfort after pet loss. As a pet parent living through the grieving process and coming to terms with a new reality, it is a challenge day to day. Your usual routine is now forever altered and you… Read More

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  • 5 ways to come to terms with the loss of your pet

    Posted on September 10th, 2019

    Your pet is your most loyal and trusted companion. Through your shared memories, it’s safe to say that the bond you’ve forged with your furry friend is sacred. Since they are generally considered an important member of the family, the loss of your pet is an incredibly difficult task akin to losing a human friend… Read More

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  • How can you measure your pet’s quality of life?

    Posted on August 13th, 2019

    Regular readers of the CPC blog will know that we do not shy away from difficult subjects. We have published articles about euthanasia and the difficulties faced when making that final decision: How do you know when it’s time to say goodbye? To euthanase a pet is an act of love I have a terminally… Read More

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  • Memorial Ideas: Dos and Don’ts

    Posted on August 9th, 2019

    Creating a memorial for your pet can be a lovely way to say goodbye. Spend time creating a unique hand made memorial, or use a casket or stone plaque. There are many ways to remember your dog, cat, or any best animal friend. When the time comes to say goodbye to your pet, nothing will make… Read More

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  • Encouraging children to keep their pet’s memory alive

    Posted on July 30th, 2019

    Pets benefit children in a variety of ways, including providing friendship and social interaction. As such, when a child’s pet passes away, the youngster can feel like they’ve lost their closest companion. Clinical Social Worker and writer Meredith Resnick advises that, when a much-loved pet passes, it’s crucial parents ask themselves whether “the child is… Read More

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  • Who will look after my pet if I pass away?

    Posted on July 9th, 2019

    Sadly, when someone passes away he or she may leave behind a pet that now faces a potentially uncertain future. It may not be possible for friends or family to take on the responsibility. There are of course the even sadder instances. Instances where the deceased did not have anyone to ask about adopting their… Read More

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  • Top tips on coping with pet loss

    Posted on May 21st, 2019

    Anyone that has shared his or her home, emotional highs and lows and life’s milestones with a pet knows that the bond you develop is something special.  So special that nobody should be surprised when you describe your pet as a member of the family. The following tips may help in some small way to… Read More

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  • What support is available for bereaved pet owners?

    Posted on February 26th, 2019

    When a member of your family dies, it is natural to grieve. However, if you lose a pet there is little support available and the people close to you may not understand the strength of the bond that existed between you and your pet. Why shouldn’t the bond be strong? After all, you have shared… Read More

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  • To euthanase a pet is an act of love

    Posted on January 15th, 2019

    As a pet owner myself I can honestly say my animals are part of my family. I have owned many pets over the years and I have had my share of ups and downs. Pet ownership is not just about having nice walks with a fluffy dog or cuddles on the sofa with a snuggly… Read More

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  • New Year’s Resolutions for bereaved pet owners

    Posted on January 4th, 2019

    The festive period can be a difficult time for bereaved pet owners. What many people do not realise is that pet loss can be just as debilitating as losing a human member of the family; the feelings of loss can be overwhelming. Now the New Year has started there is still that pet shaped void… Read More

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  • You have had your pet cremated – what should you do with the ashes?

    Posted on December 20th, 2018

    As pet cremation has become more popular with pet owners in the UK, more pet owners need to decide what to do with their pet’s ashes. In fact, choosing the final resting place for your pet’s ashes can help you and your family members with the grieving process. Many choose to keep the ashes at… Read More

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  • The Final Gift of Love

    Posted on October 9th, 2018

    Her hair is golden with a reddish cast, a strawberry blonde. Mine is faded blonde, with invasive gray at the temples that requires coloring. Well it doesn’t require anything, but I choose not to be gray. I choose not to be old as well, but of course it is happening anyway. And it is happening… Read More

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  • A bridge called love

    Posted on August 21st, 2018

    A Bridge Called Love It takes us back to brighter years, to happier sunlit days, and to precious moments that will be with us always. And these fond recollections are treasured in the heart to bring us always close to those from whom we had to part. There is a bridge of memories from earth… Read More

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  • Why are the feelings of pet loss so strong?

    Posted on July 31st, 2018

    We see it everyday – pet owners being surprised at the strength of emotion that they are experiencing because they have suffered pet loss. We can’t tell who is going to be affected most – it can as easily be a big no-nonsense man as it can be anyone else. So what is driving this… Read More

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  • How Soon Is Too Soon?

    Posted on May 18th, 2018

    The thought of moving on after the loss of a pet can seem impossible. Pet owners share an intense love and bond with their furbabies, so after the loss of a pet, it’s natural to feel devastated by feelings of grief and sadness. What you should never feel is guilty or ashamed about grieving for an… Read More

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  • If I Should Go Tomorrow

    Posted on May 17th, 2018

    If I should go tomorrow
    It would never be goodbye,

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  • Can a pet be exhumed and cremated?

    Posted on May 4th, 2018

    The bond between a person and their pet is unbreakable and can last a lifetime. So when a pet passes away, some believe that in order to keep that bond alive they must have their departed pet burial area nearby. However, there are other options available. Many people still choose to bury their pet in… Read More

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  • What happens after your dog has been euthanased at home?

    Posted on April 20th, 2018

    The word ‘euthanasia’, is a scary one. But it’s a word most pet owners will hear during their pet’s lifetime. And when we do and the time comes for us to let our pets go; all we want is that their last moments to be as comfortable as possible. This is where pet home euthanasia… Read More

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  • Let Me Go

    Posted on March 29th, 2018

    We’ve known lots of pleasure,
    At times endured pain,

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  • Beautiful ways to create a lasting memory with your pet’s ashes

    Posted on March 20th, 2018

    We understand that pet loss can sometimes feel surreal. One day, your once best friend and close confidant is there and then they’re not. At such a distressing time, it’s difficult to make clear decisions or fully wrap your head around what options are available for pet ashes. There are so many ways you can… Read More

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  • Silent Tear

    Posted on March 16th, 2018

    Each night we shed a silent tear,
    As we speak to you in prayer.

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  • I felt an angel

    Posted on March 8th, 2018

    I felt an angel near today, though one I could not see
    I felt an angel oh so close, sent to comfort me

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  • How Long Does It Take To Get Your Pet’s Ashes Back?

    Posted on February 13th, 2018

    “How long will it be before my pet’s ashes is back with me?” is one of the first questions we get asked by bereaved pet owners who use our service; and rightly so. Who wouldn’t want to know when will they have their beloved pet back with them. We’re going to outline how the procedure… Read More

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  • What to expect when having your pet put to sleep

    Posted on January 23rd, 2018

    Deciding to euthanase your pet is a decision no pet owner will ever make lightly. Whether you’re making the decision to put your pet down because of injury or health reasons, your emotions are bound to take over. We believe that understanding the euthanasia process can help owners come to terms with this incredibly difficult… Read More

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  • Feel no guilt in laughter

    Posted on January 10th, 2018

    Feel no guilt in laughter, he’d know how much you care.
    Feel no sorrow in a smile that he is not here to share.

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  • My Best Friend Tribute

    Posted on December 26th, 2017

    My Best Friend Tribute Sunlight streams through the window pane unto a spot on the floor…. then I remember, it’s where you used to lie, but now you are no more. Our feet walk down a hall of carpet, and muted echoes sound…. then I remember, It’s where your paws would joyously abound. A voice is… Read More

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  • 5 Tips to comfort a grieving pet parent & 10 things to avoid

    Posted on October 3rd, 2017

    by Kamira Gayle, author of– A blog about finding, joy, inspiration and comfort after pet loss. As a pet parent that is grieving the loss of her fur baby, I have experienced both the good, bad and the ugly side of grief. Experiencing pet loss is one of the hardest things you may experience… Read More

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  • How Do You Know When It’s Time To Say Goodbye?

    Posted on September 12th, 2017

    As you can imagine our bereavement advisers deal with customers who have experienced pet loss in many ways. Some stories are of unexpected pet loss with short quick illnesses and some where both the owner and pet have been through a roller coaster of good news and bad news. Euthanasia is a term that’s often… Read More

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  • The Human Animal Bond

    Posted on August 29th, 2017

    The bond that develops between people and animals can be as strong as the bond between other family members. There are a number of reasons why this is the case; for example the average age for having children has increased. Statistics show that over the last 4 decades the average age of a first time… Read More

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  • Why I love my dad’s pet crematorium

    Posted on August 15th, 2017

    A personal account from Jon Hale, son of the founder and owner of the Cambridge Pet Crematorium. My name is Jon Hale, I’ve spent my life answering the childhood question of “what does your dad do?” with hesitation. My father owns a crematorium for pets. Which, may I say, I love; this is why. Like… Read More

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  • 8 Tips to Deal with Depression after Pet Loss

    Posted on August 1st, 2017

    *A guest post by Kamira Gayle, Author of blog about finding joy, inspiration and comfort after pet loss. Experiencing depression post pet loss? You are not alone. I’ve been there and chances are you or someone you know has also experienced pet loss. It’s one of the worst feelings you can have. It feels… Read More

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  • Don’t Cry For Me When I’m Gone

    Posted on July 19th, 2017

    Don’t Cry For Me When I’m Gone So, though I give you all my heart, the time will come when we must part. But all around you, you will see, creatures that speak to you of me; a tired horse, a hunted thing, a sparrow with a broken wing … Pity – and help (I… Read More

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  • I have a terminally ill pet, now what? 5 Factors to Consider before deciding if Euthanasia is an option

    Posted on June 14th, 2017

    *A guest post by Kamira Gayle, author of As a pet owner and a pet parent there may come a time when you are going to be faced with a monumental decision – you have a terminally ill pet and need to consider euthanasia.  I wrote about my own personal experience making this decision… Read More

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  • 12 Tips to help Conquer Depression

    Posted on March 7th, 2017

    Guest Post by Kamira Gayle, Author & Creator of – A blog about finding joy, life inspiration and comfort after pet loss. Depression. Whether you are experiencing the loss of a pet, going through a life transition or just saddened by the events going on in this crazy world, it’s important to know that… Read More

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  • Dealing with a Roller Coaster of Emotions after Pet Loss

    Posted on February 13th, 2017

    Guest Post by Kamira Gayle, Author & Creator of – A blog about finding joy, life inspiration and comfort after pet loss. Dealing with a roller coaster of emotions after pet loss is normal. Actually it is to be expected. The loss of a pet can feel even more devastating than the loss of… Read More

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  • How to Talk To Children About Grief

    Posted on October 18th, 2016

      While talking to children about death and grief seems taboo to most people, at CPC we think its important for all ages to have an understanding of what’s going on. We have spent many years working with bereaved families and know that a child’s bond with their pet friends can be just as strong… Read More

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  • 12 Things I Wish I’d Known About Grief

    Posted on September 20th, 2016

    Grief comes in many different forms. Everyone will experience grief at some point in their life, and the loss of a pet is just as much a real part of grief as losing a human loved one. Here at Petrest we’ve spent many years helping owners through their grief and giving support where necessary, and… Read More

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  • Guide To The Petrest Cremation Process

    Posted on August 23rd, 2016

    Talking about cremation process is hard. It’s hard because no-one wants to think about it, and quite rightly so. Facing up to the idea of losing your beloved friend is, sadly, one of the most awful parts of pet ownership. It must be done though. We’d love to say it will be much easier to… Read More

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  • Pet Memorials: Keeping the Memory Alive

    Posted on June 21st, 2016

    * This article has been updated to include details of pet memorial options and our online pet tributes – a free service offered by CPC * Saying goodbye to your pet is never an easy thing to do, there are many stages to grief and losing a pet can feel just as harrowing as losing… Read More

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