Bereavement - The Loss of A Pet
The loss of a pet can be a devastating event. Loss of your pet is like losing a member of your family, as indeed, many of us feel that our pet is a member of the family. The relationships between people and their pet may be very similar to the bond between a parent and a child, unconditional and unbreakable. Because most of us here at OPVMC have pets, and we work with our animal patients everyday, we do understand your grief and loss.
So, if you experience the loss of a pet, please understand that grief and sorrow are natural and expected responses to that loss. Grief is a very personal, complicated matter. Those who are caught up in grieving can respond within an enormous range of emotions and reactions. Some people believe that while the loss of a pet might be painful, it's "unhealthy" or an "over-reaction" to feel the same deep grief one might feel when a loved one has died. Those who do not have pets may feel and state that it is unnatural to be so grief-stricken and devastated over an animal, especially if the feelings are prolonged. But this belief is mistaken. The reaction to the loss of a pet can be just as devastating as the loss of a relative or friend.
Loss of a pet should be viewed as a serious matter. If your feelings are overwhelming and your grief unbearable, don't be afraid to seek help or advice. Share your experience with others who have lost pets. Certainly, feel free to ask your veterinarian or our staff about how better to cope with the loss of a pet.
For more information about coping with the loss of a pet, go to the American Veterinary Medical Association discussion on this topic.
The staff at OPVMC understands that the death of a beloved pet can be a sad, even traumatic event. To reduce the trauma and stress of this loss, we provide a quiet, private area for grieving. Staff at OPVMC are also ready to assist you as needed and provide a sympathetic presence.
We also know many owners want to honor and preserve memories of their animal companions.
Pine Rest Pet Cemetery in West Seneca and Pet Heaven Funeral Home in Orchard Park have several aftercare programs, burial services, funeral services, viewings, individual cremation and scattering or returning ashes as well as a selection of urns. We can assist you with selection of aftercare when your pet is here or you may make contact on your own.
For more information on their services, please contact:
Pine Rest Pet Cemetery
757 Seneca Creek Road
West Seneca, NY 14224
Phone Number: (716) 674-9470
Pet Heaven Funeral Home, Inc.
3614 North Buffalo Road
Orchard Park, NY 14127
(716) 662-LOSS (5677)