Well today I had to make a sympathy card, and yes it was for a spouse, but the tragedy wasn't her husband. Their puppy got parvo and they took it to the animal hospital I happen to work at. It was too late to save the little guy. The owners didn't want to be present. I wanted to let them know that I stayed with their dog till the end, so I made a card to let them know. I also bought flowers and cookies, because in my world, your pets are like children and it's just as upsetting to lose a pet.