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My dog died and they offered to let me see his body. Should I do it

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Sorry for your loss.. But that is a decision only you can make.. Now if it was me I wouldn't want to see him I would want to remember him the way he was when he was alive and cherish all those wonderful memories...

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Yes, so you could have memories of your dog.

I'm very sorry for your lost. :C

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Just ask yourself
"Do i wanna see it"
it's your decision





I would see it
Sorry

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Tough decision, but it's yours to make! Sorry for your loss!

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im sorry. my dog,patches, died also but from being beaten then paralyzed by another dog. i would see your dog one last time

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Aww I'm sorry to hear that god bless
u
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When my bird died 2 weeks before my birthday they let me see his body! it only made me more sad but it reminded me of all the time we had together and it made me feel not guilty for not saying goodbye! if i had not seen him for the last time.. the next month for me would have been worse then it originally was! so I recommend you do! and I am sorry to hear that

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I'm sorry for your loss. Yes, I think you should see him and say goodbye.

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I would see ur dog it's worth some tears to see ur best friend one more time until u pass god bless u sorry for the loss

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Dude this was exactly what i was trying to tell him lol :P I just can't ever come up with good words for this stuff :P :P :P :P :P :P :P
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I am so sorry for your loss. I would go and say your final goodbye. I know it hurts, but it gives you closure.

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@gator, you have the flip side to my answer! Great answer. :0)
I love how people can get two different answers but they are equally helpful depending on their individuality. :0)
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yinandyang2, you are 1 hour ahead of me. I was going to say a very similar thing to gatorblu. I still will.. but we are on the same path with this question. Big, but sad smiles.

gator~ As you know, stars aren't about always agreeing. They are about helping. I'm glad you gave this approach. It is one my mom has used with her dogs and my husband used with ours. I am a wimp and needed/had my closue with the memories. My husband and mom see things as you. I am glad we all have a different way of handling losses and finality. It speaks beautifully.
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As a child my mother put our dog to sleep and didn't tell us. I came home from school and he was gone. I was so mad at my mother for not letting me say goodbye. As an adult I have had two dogs pass. One was suddenly and I was not home. All I wanted to was get home and hug my girl one more time. The second one I had to put to sleep. I was with him for that. He is the picture I am using for may avatar. I have lots of great memories, but I got to say goodbye as well.
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That is a beautiful story @gator. And a precious picture. :0)
What a wonderful memory you have. :0)
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Why? Remember your doggie the way he was. Happy, running, playing, licking, wagging his tail at you. :0)
I am so sorry for your loss. Each day will get easier but why go "back" a day? I mean the decision is totally up to you but my thoughts would be remember him the way he was. :0)

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I'm with you.
I Totally agree
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I thank you @merlin. It really is a hard choice. I see both sides. I just know that with my sister, when she passed away, I had the option to see her one last time. At first I wanted to but then my brother and my dad told me "please don't" because she did not look like "Tawny." I am satisfied with remembering my sister the way she was before she got sick. Then I remember when my husbands uncle passed away. I did go to the wake but he looked fake. I always wished that I could have not looked and remembered him the way I remembered him. It is hard to un-see something you already saw. :0(
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Of course we are all different but it is my opinion (humble as it be) that you should see your dog one last time. Sure, it will make you sad and you will most likely cry and feel horrible for a long time. But look at it this way.... He was your faithful companion for (? long) and it is the last loving thing you can do for him. I truly feel that if you do not see him and pet him one last time and tell him you love him and thank him for the joy he brought into your life, you WILL regret it. I have heard that over and over many times from people who chose not to see their pet that last time and have lived with that regret. I hope this helps one way or another to make your choice. I empathize and am so sorry for your loss.

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Poeple view other humans.Why not?

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This is a tough one for me to answer, but I'm going to. When we put our dog down 31/2 years ago, I said goodbye to her with the memories I have as I type this right now. I have pictures and funny antics about her my husband and I still joke about. Her sharing her life with us was a wonderful experience. I didn't nor needed to see her in a dead space. I thank her for the memories and the time we shared. I think she would have wanted it that way. She would not want me to see her in any light but a happy one. She always thought she was beautiful. And she was. I remember her that way. I would suggest you choose a path that will suit what you and your pooch would like.. I'm sorry for your loss.

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Agree, Merlin. I don't see much profit in seeing the body after the personality has gone.
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Yes you must see its body, because you have spent such a long time with him. It is better to see him before it is too late and repent for rest of the life. Sorry to know that but to pray for him to rest his soul in peace you must see him.

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It's your decision...but if I were you, I would want to see my dog one last time....
Sorry about your dog :(

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I'm so sorry for your loss. It's really your decision and whether you can handle it. I've only had one dog, and he'll be turning four years old next month. When his time comes, I don't know if I could handle seeing his body after he died if I wasn't with him when he was going. It I was with him when he was going, then I obviously wouldn't have a choice. But it all depends on if you can handle it. I'd be a mess either way....

Oh, and check out this poem. I think it's really beautiful and would give you some sort of relief.
http://rainbowsbridge.com/poem.htm

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I'm sorry :( if it's gonna make you more upset don't do it, if you feel bad that your doing something wrong by not wanting to see your dog for the last time remember that your dog isn't there anymore, it can't see you

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You won't see your buddy last time? he is waiting for his master's affection....be brave.
but last decision is yours. and sorry if my words hurt's you.

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i am so sorry 4 your loss cause i have a dog and losing her would be devastating to me... also don't see the body because once you see it you'll see that it will make you cry, weep, even scream maybe. im only telling you this to help you.

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