How to Say Goodbye to Your Pet in its Final Days

  • on May 20, 2022

How to Say Goodbye to Your Pet in its Final Days

Sometimes the kindest thing we can do for our pets is to wish them goodbye.

You may never feel truly ready to say goodbye, but there are a few things you can do to make the process slightly easier and to have fun with your pet in their last days.


Spoil them.

Whether toys or treats, give your pet all their favourite things.

Maybe all this time, you’ve been careful with the snacks? Now they can have as many as they want! (Within reason, we don’t want them getting an upset tummy.)

Maybe you’ve withheld squeaky toys to save your ears. Now’s the time to let them squeak to their heart’s content.

Also, if your pet is feeling up to it, take them to their favourite place. This might be the beach, the park, swimming in the pool, or cuddling in your bed.


Savour your time.

Take a moment to be present with your pet. Pause and take a mental snapshot of their lovely face, smell, warmth, and how it feels to cuddle them.

Also, take lots of photographs and videos. It’s important to have mementoes to look back on to remember how much fun you had together in these last days.


Discuss funeral arrangements with your family.

It’s worthwhile having a brief discussion with your family about how you want to say goodbye after your pet is gone.

Once everyone is on the same page, you don’t have to worry about it anymore, and you can focus on your remaining time with your pet.

Ripple Pet Aquamation offers services that take care of everything for you, so you can rest easy knowing your pet is in safe, caring hands after they pass.

If you need support in this difficult time, do not hesitate to reach out to our friendly team by contacting

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