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End of Life Resources

Having trouble making the decision? This Quality of Life scale might help

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Children and Pet Loss

In Remembrance 

Looking for ideas to honor a beloved companion who has passed? Whether it's your own or a friend/family member's pet, memorializing them in some way often helps with the grieving process. Here are some personalized ideas that can either be purchased or are DIY for that special pet you're looking to pay tribute to:

Custom Pet Portraits by Stephanie Lynn Studios

Stephanie Hartrick is a visual artist working out of Dallas, Georgia. She received her BFA at Kennesaw State University's School of Art and Design in 2011. Stephanie’s expertise is in Drawing and Painting. After 11 years in the restaurant industry, and having three children, life presented her with an opportunity to become a full-time artist. She jumped at the chance to fulfill her dreams. In addition to teaching at her home studio, she creates and sells fine art pyrography pieces and paintings online.

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Books for the Grieving Pet Owner

There are many books that address the grief of losing a beloved pet, written for different age levels. These could help you and other members of your family cope with the loss of your cat. Consider the following:

  • Meng, Cece, and Jago. Always Remember. Illustrated, Philomel Books, 2016.

  • Poll, Van Wendy. Healing A Child’s Pet Loss Grief: A Guide for Parents. Center for Pet Loss Grief, LLC, 2016.

  • Potter, Shirl, and Koss, George. Death of a Pet: Answers to Questions for Children and Animal Lovers of All Ages. Guideline Publications, 1991.

  • Rigabar, Barbara Bareis, and Chris Sharp. A Rainbow Bridge for Gus: A Story about the Loss of a Pet. Barb Rigabar, 2014.

  • Rylant, Cynthia. Cat Heaven. Illustrated, Blue Sky Press, 1997.

  • Tousley, Marty. Children and Pet Loss: A Guide for Helping. 1st ed., Our Pals Pub, 1996.

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