Ask the experts: Pre-planning to say goodbye to a pet

Saying goodbye to your cherished pet can be one of the most difficult things pet parents will ever experience.

It’s truly heartbreaking and can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Planning ahead can make the process smoother and less emotionally taxing.

Here’s why pre-planning when saying goodbye to a pet is something you should consider.

Pre-planning for the inevitable goodbye can help you prepare and cope better with losing your pet. It also makes the process easier because you have everything ready before the sad moment. Some benefits include the following:

Giving yourself more time to grieve

Grief counselling can help you and your family cope with the loss.

It may involve speaking with other family members who will miss your pet or even joining a support group to connect with others who have gone through similar losses before.

Grief counselling can provide emotional support, advice on how to handle grief and tips on preserving memories of your beloved pet before they pass away.

Planning out funeral/cremation arrangements

Another benefit of pre-planning when saying goodbye to a pet is your ability to set funeral arrangements.

As it is a sensitive topic, planning funeral/cremation arrangements beforehand with those involved in making decisions (e.g., other family members, veterinarians, etc.) can help.

Doing so avoids any confusion or disagreements when the sad time comes and prevents you from making any rash decisions.

Taking care of financial matters

Finances may not be at the forefront of our minds during times like these, but it is important to remember that costs associated with funerals and cremations can add up quickly.

It helps if these are taken care of early on so you don’t have anything else on your plate apart from grieving for your beloved pet.

Celebrating your furbaby’s life

Losing a pet is never easy and always painful, but pre-planning can make it less daunting and more manageable for everyone involved — both emotionally and financially.

It gives the opportunity for closure during a difficult period and ensures that your cherished pet will have a graceful and peaceful farewell. 

Find out more about giving your fur angel an intimate, graceful, and dignified final farewell. Head to the Pet Angel Funerals website now at

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