Pet Sympathy Cards – Are They Necessary?

by Henry L. on August 13, 2012

Pets are more than an animal that lives with you. When you accept a pet into your home, you make them a part of your family. The love and care given to a pet is often very much like the way you would treat a child. They become an integral part of your daily life. Suffering the loss of a pet is losing a member of your family. Sympathy cards sent to a friend for the loss of their pet is not only appropriate, it is a sign that you are aware of how much they are suffering.

Pet sympathy cards should carry a message of sympathy, caring and friendship. It is always nice to mention the pet’s name, such as: “I know that Duke was a great companion. Please accept my sympathy.” You should avoid any mention of getting a new pet to replace their loss as they probably will not be ready to think about replacing a loved one that soon.

The loss of a pet is often accompanied by depression and can cause the pet owner a great deal of pain. Once you’ve sent that sympathy card, remember to call or visit and encourage your friend or family member to talk about their loss, memories and love of their pet. You can be sure that all kindness will be gratefully received and remembered.

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Marcella August 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I always thought Sympathy Cards were for the ones left behind so of course send a card if someone’s pet dies. The card shows sympathy for the one suffering the loss

HannahP August 15, 2012 at 4:36 pm

The loss of a pet is a sadness for a family. Anyone who knew the pet could send a card and maybe share a memory of the pet. Compassion is always appreciated.

Tamara August 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm

When my cat Buster died, I was surprised by the amount of sympathy cards I received. It really warmed my heart to know that my friends and family were there for me.

Hallie October 22, 2013 at 5:19 pm

I absolutely think that sympathy cards are a necessity. If you’ve lost a pet than you know the devastation and it’s like losing a member of the family. People appreciate the show of sympathy and of support for their loss.

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