For many people, beloved pets are part of the family. So when a pet, especially one pet dies, can be devastating for those left behind. His absence can leave a great void in your home that can be felt for years to come, and in some cases, forever.
Do you know someone who is grieving the loss of their pet, but aren’t sure what to say? We understand. It’s not always easy to find the right words to express your condolences being respectful and discreet. That’s why we’ve created some sample sentences and prompts to help you figure out what to say when someone loses a pet.
Whether the pet died unexpectedly, ran away, or had to be put down as a result of a long terminal illness, losing a pet is difficult for the owner, regardless of the circumstances. “Grief is tenacious and can go deep into the heart,” says Wendy Van de Poll, MS, CEOL, pet grief expert and founder of the Grief Center for Loss of Pets and Animal Communication Center. “It affects daily routines and can make someone feel very hopeless. He seven stages of grief they are extremely valuable; the order in which people experience them is really up to them. It’s important to let them develop naturally.”
Offering kind and comforting words it’s a great way to let mourners know you’re thinking of them in a way that acknowledges their loss. For inspiration, look into these sympathetic expressions for what you can (and shouldn’t) say when a pet dies:
what not to say
Saying the wrong thing can hurt feelings and sour some of the closest relationships. “It can be hard to know what to say at the right time, and we may run out of words,” Van de Poll says. “If you know someone who has lost their pet, it’s best to prepare ahead of time to be aware of unintentional but potentially hurtful comments.”
She suggests avoiding saying the following three things to someone who has lost a pet:
- It’s just a pet that you can have another.
- Are you still grieving?
- Let me tell you what I did after my pet died.
What to say or do in person
Pet loss is an individual journey. So as a supportive friend or family member, remember to be sensitive and keep in mind that what you say should reflect your personal relationship with the owner.
Try some of these examples:
- sorry for the loss of [pet’s name]. They were an amazing companion that brought you so much joy.
- I’m here for you. Take your time. I know how much [pet’s name] meant for you
- [Pet’s name] He will be missed and will live in our hearts forever.
- The special bond between you and [pet’s name] it is unbreakable. Memories can never be taken away.
- Sorry to hear about the passing of [pet’s name]. He brought so much joy to all of our lives.
- We know [pet’s name] they lived a wonderful life because they had you as their person.
- It is never easy to lose a family member. We know [pet’s name] I was more than family to you.
- [Pet’s name] he was so adorable and adorable. They will be missed.
- It is never easy to say goodbye to our loved ones. [Pet’s name] He will live in all of our hearts.
- I am thinking of you during this difficult time. that the beautiful memories [pet’s name] bring you comfort
- we will miss [pet’s name] a lot! They really brightened up our lives.
- [Pet’s name] he was the absolute best partner who loved you unconditionally. I know this is an incredibly difficult time, but please know that I am here for you.
- You gave [pet’s name] a wonderful life. May his spirit live in our hearts.
- [Pet’s name] he was such a gentle and loving soul. We will miss his reassuring presence.
- Nothing can take away your precious memories of [pet’s name]. They will always be a part of you.
- [Pet’s name] made everyone’s day brighter. His friendly and sweet spirit will be sorely missed.
What to say over text or write in a sympathy card
- I am very sorry for the loss of [pet’s name]. May I make a donation in your honor to a charity of your choice?
- I’m thinking of you. Remember I’m a text away for anything you need.
- Sending deep condolences and endless love. My sincere thoughts are with you during this difficult time. I’d like to pick up some groceries sometime this week. Please let me know what works for your schedule.
- Just registering. I know that every day is different, but I know that I will always be here for you.
- deepest condolences on the loss of [pet’s name]. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
- I know you are going through a difficult time. I am always here to be a listening ear.
- that the memories of [pet’s name] bring peace and comfort during this difficult time.
- I’m here if you ever need anything. HE [pet’s name] It was the light of your life.
- [Pet’s name] always made me smile. I am here for you for whatever you may need.
- Thinking of you during this difficult time. Know that you are loved.
- Sorry for your loss. I am here for you and I am ready to help in any way I can.
- Hold on to the countless wonderful memories you shared with [pet’s name]. Please think of them during this difficult time.
- Words cannot express how sad I am to learn of your loss. My condolences are with you and your family during this time of grief.
- Please accept my condolences on the death of [pet’s name].
- I know I can’t take the pain away, but I want you to know that I’m here for you.
- My heart is with you. I am deeply sorry for the loss of [pet’s name]. I hope the happy memories comfort you during this difficult time.
Karla Pope is a longtime writer, editor, and blogger with nearly two decades of publishing experience. She has written for a variety of media, including Good Housekeeping, Women’s Day, People, parade, BET.com. WebMD and more. Their coverage includes entertainment, beauty, lifestyle, parenting, and fashion content. If she’s not exploring New York City with hers two young children of hers, you might find her curled up on the couch watching a documentary and eating gummy bears.