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Pet Illness and Loss Coping Tools

Affirmations

Allow positive thoughts to join your current mind space. Breathe deeply, relax and choose to state an affirmation 5-10 times in the morning, mid-day, and evening.


Pet Illness Affirmations

• I am continuing to do the best I can for my beloved pet.

• I am a strong, loving pet parent. I am making our remaining time the best it can be.

• I am able to cherish the happy moments we still have together. I can close my eyes, breathe, and allow them to become part of me.

• When my pet is energized and active, I notice, appreciate, and help create another important moment together.


Pet Loss Affirmations

I am allowed to feel deeply about the loss of my pet. My sorrow will eventually be joined by comfort when I remember the wonderful moments we had together.

I helped my pet live life to its fullest.

I honor my pet every day through my caring thoughts and actions.

I gently push “Should haves” and “What ifs” aside...I did everything I could for my pet.

Guided Meditations

"Six Family Friendly Ways to Help Kids Grieve After Pet Loss" by Roxanne Hawn

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/adoption-stories/201507/6-family-friendly-ways-help-kids-grieve-after-pet-loss


"When A Pet Dies, Helping Children Through the 'Worst Day of Their Lives" NY Times Article

by Juli Fraga

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/08/well/family/when-a-pet-dies-helping-children-through-the-worst-day-of-their-lives.html


"Weighing the End of Life" - NY Times article on the the difficult decision of "When"

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/opinion/sunday/weighing-the-end-of-life.html?hp&_r=3&

How to "Take in the Good" by Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Additional Resources