Planning for Goodbye

Pets bring huge amounts of joy and happiness and companionship into our lives but unfortunately, there comes a time when we have to say goodbye.

This short video provides some useful ideas and suggestions to help you plan for this sad time and most importantly, give you the options so that you make the right decision for you, your family and your pet.

Planning Ahead

It is better to think ahead and plan for your pet's passing as this will give you the opportunity to think clearly about what you want, and if it is a family pet, the wishes of family members including children. Leaving decision-making to the last moment, when emotions are heightened and grief is involved, may be difficult.


Thinking about your pet's passing beforehand will allow you to make clearer decisions. It is a good idea to write your wishes down in a plan so you don't forget anything at a more stressful time. You can alter and revise your plan at any time.

Things to Consider

There are a number of things to consider before the time comes:

  • Where would you like your pet to pass away (your home, the vets)?
  • Who will be there when the time comes?
  • When do you want to say goodbye?
  • What afterlife body care option (burial, communal cremation or individual cremation)?

Remember that there are people who can help you make your choices including your vet.