Grief is a natural response to loss. It's important to understand the grieving process to provide meaningful support.
Avoid clichéd phrases like "It's for the best" or "They're in a better place." These can be hurtful.
Sometimes, your presence speaks louder than words. Be there for your friend, even if you're unsure what to say.
Listen more than you speak. Let your friend share their feelings and memories. Validate their emotions.
Share positive memories of their pet. It can be comforting and a way to celebrate the pet's life.
Ask your friend how you can provide support. Everyone grieves differently, and they may have specific needs.
A handwritten note or card expressing your sympathy can mean a lot during this difficult time.