Friendship Dog Heaven Cat heaven Pet Grief giftsKnowing that your friends share your pain and care helps when you lose a pet. Girlfriend gifts are a great way to express that concern, sympathy and friendship.

I remember when Stella, our 12-year old beloved golden retriever, died. It broke our hearts and there was little that could console that sadness. Thankfully our friends understood and offered their support, sympathy and sentiments.They reached out to us to help us deal with losing a beloved pet.

They also offered some very thoughtful gifts that I’m reminded of, with my dear friend Terri going through the loss of her sweet ‘puppy’ Monty. (Thanks to all of you who shared your great girlfriend advice for helping a friend during the loss of a pet!) If I could, I’d give Terri (and any girlfriend experiencing the sadness and loss of losing a dog, cat or any loved animal) ALL of these girlfriend gifts when a friend has lost a pet:

* Dog Heaven and Cat Heaven – Two highly recommended books, by Cynthia Rylant, on dealing with pet grief. Also suggested was “The Rainbow Bridge: Pet Loss is Heaven’s gain” by Niki Behrikis Shanahan. And, offered by girlfriend Gretchen, Good Grief: Finding Peace after Pet Loss, by Sid Korpi.

* Dog Garden Memorial Statue – angel figurine garden statue can be used as a pet memory stone, grave marker, headstone, and garden decor. Indoor-outdoor use.

* Donate to a wonderful animal non-profit – like the SPCA or the local Humane Society. There are so many animals in need – from mistreatment to those dealing with the oil in the Gulf. Help out! Your friend with appreciate your thoughtfulness.

* Create a memorial Garden – Here’s a ‘Dogwood‘ to get you started.Pet Memorial Shadowbox Frame

* Make her a Memorial Pet Charm Bracelet – Personalize it with charms for her dog, places they’ve gone together, possibly a small photo charm, etc.

* Create a Shadowbox Memory Frame of Her Pet – Make a beautiful reminder of her wonderful dog or cat.

* Memory Chimes – This custom engraved wind chime is made of weather-resistant materials for year-round comfort and features the soothing quote, “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose, all that we love deeply becomes a part of us ~ Helen Keller”.

What other girlfriend gifts have you given or received when dealing with pet loss? How can you be a better friend to a friend missing her sweet dog, cat or other animals?

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