Dealing with the Loss of a Pet

When a person you love dies, it’s natural to feel sorrow, express grief, and expect friends and family to proviPort McNeillde understanding and comfort. Unfortunately, the same doesn’t always hold true if the one who died was your companion animal. Many consider grieving inappropriate for someone who has lost “just a pet.”


Nothing could be further from the truth. People love their pets and consider them members of their family. Families celebrate their pets’ birthdays, confide in their animals, and carry pictures of them in theirdog2
wallets. So when your beloved pet dies, intense grief over the loss is normal and natural. Don’t let anyone tell you that it is silly, crazy or overly sentimental to grieve. During the years you and your pet were together, it became a significant part of your life. Your pet provided companionship, acceptance, emotional support, and unconditional love during the time they shared with you. People who are not pet owners may not understand your pain. All that matters, however, is how you feel. If you understand and accept this bond between humans and animals, you’ve already taken the first step toward coping with pet loss: knowing that it is okay to grieve when your pet dies.

Herman Meyer & Son, Inc. realizes this is a stressful and confusing time for you. We know that every service is as unique as each family we serve. Therefore, we offer a variety of services to accommodate your needs. That is why we take the time to listen, so we may understand the special bond between you and your pet and to tailor the service to meet your desires. We know that greater satisfaction will come when you choose exactly the type of service you prefer.parrot1

The following links will provide you with the information you will need to plan the appropriate service for your pet. We will try to answer many of the questions you have in our Frequently Asked Pet Questions section. For specific information or questions, please contact us directly by phone, email or writing to us.