Those who’ve lost a beloved family pet know all too well the pain of saying goodbye. When the time comes for that final precious moment with your furry or feathered friend, the compassion of those around you can make all the difference.
Recognising this, a thoughtful vet clinic has introduced a heartwarming gesture to shelter families experiencing heartbreak within its walls.
On its front desk sits a single red candle and a framed note, which reads, “If this candle is lit, someone is saying goodbye to their beloved pet. We ask that you speak softly and with respect during this difficult time.”
An image of the sign has been shared to Reddit, and has prompted an outpouring of appreciation from tens of thousands of pet owners around the world.
"My vet did the same thing for my cat when we had to put him down last month," user simdaisies wrote. "The candle, the note on the front desk, and a few days after we picked up his ashes, we got the card from the office. It does mean a lot."
"Especially when your pet's your only family or friend, it really helps to hear other people cared about the one creature in this world that made getting up in the morning worth it for you," agreed asouflub. "Whether or not you actually did care, hearing that other people saw the love and companionship between you two, it makes it feel more real and validates your grief."
Beloved and dearly departed pets from the Mamamia extended family.