Supporting a friend who may lose a pet
May 5, 2011 9:28 AM Subscribe
How to support and comfort a friend through the illness/loss of their pets? What helped you?
posted by anonymous to Pets & Animals (19 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My best friend's cat unexpectedly became very sick, and the vet's not optimistic about her chances. In a stroke of extraordinarily bad luck, one of her parents' cats is gravely ill, too. (The two cats in question are unrelated, different ages, and live at different houses.) Needless to say, my friend's heartbroken and worried.
I've known my friend for over a decade, I've known her cat since she was a kitten, and I know how awful it is to lose a pet. I want to help however I can. I've told her I'm here for anything, and I'm keeping my phone close at hand as much as possible in case she calls or texts, but I feel like I should be doing something more concrete and tangible.
Note that I do not live within driving distance, so unfortunately I can't do anything in person. I plan on sending something if the worst happens.
I appreciate any suggestions you have. If you've been in a similar situation and something or someone helped you, I'd like to hear that too.