For many, losing a pet is just as hard as losing a beloved friend or family member. It is important to remember that grieving is a necessary part of healing. Grief is different for everyone, and people go through stages of grief at different paces.

There are many resources available to help you through this emotional time. For a link to wonderful online support groups, click here.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding grief & healing. We are happy to listen, and we can make suggestions that may help direct you on a pathway toward healing.

What is grief?

For our purposes, grief occurs in response to losing a very close pet. Many of us form a very strong bond with our animals, and when they die, we experience an emotional response to this loss.

Grief can feel all-encompassing. It can affect our physical, cognitive, social, and sleeping behaviors.

The grieving process is very complex and different for everyone. Grief support may be necessary for healing to occur.

Helping yourself heal

While everyone heals differently, we thought we might list some of our favorite suggestions for paving the healing pathway after the death of a fur friend. These include:

  • Memorialize your pet
  • Read the story of the Rainbow Bridge
  • Write a tribute
  • Make a donation to your favorite animal charity
  • Donate your time to needy shelter animals
  • Talk with your veterinarian, physician, church